Haley Fohr’s new soundtrack for the cult silent movie Salomé returns to the UK for two performances.
Memorably described as ‘a one-woman post-cabaret movement’, Haley Fohr combines folk influences, avant-garde electronics, minimalism and song with her extraordinary voice under the monikers of Circuit des Yeux and her ‘outlaw country’ alter-ego Jackie Lynn, drawing comparisons with the music of Nina Simone, Nico and even Scott Walker.
Fohr and her band bring their distinctive, dramatic sonics to the scandalous 1923 film based on the story of Herod’s stepdaughter, who demands the head of John the Baptist in payment for dancing for the lustful king.
Conceived, produced and financed by the Russian actress Alla Nazimova, who also took the title role, Salomé’s weirdly beautiful atmosphere and aesthetic has brought it belated recognition as an exotic gem and a cornerstone of camp.
Commissioned by Opera North Projects for Leeds International Festival 2018.