After decades in the US, Christian Holder has returned home to live once again in England, where he has been involved in various creative projects.
In 2010, his paintings and designs were exhibited by Rosentiels, the supplier of fine art, prints and posters, in London, alongside the work of his father, Boscoe Holder, and master designer Oliver Messel, who was a family friend.
In April 2015 Holder made his debut as a singer in his one-man cabaret entitled “At Home and Abroad”, playing a sold-out show at The Crazy Coqs in London’s Piccadilly. A subsequent show in May 2016 at the same venue was entitled SUITE 60s and received a four-star review from BritishTheatre.com, where Douglas Mayo commented: “Holder succeeds in weaving a spell over his audience…His ability to deliver truth and drama through song enables him to captivate an audience for nearly two hours and leave them wanting more.” Christian continues to sing in venues in London, as well as in New York at Feinstein’s 54 Below, the Laurie Beechman Theatre, and at the New York Cabaret Convention in Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall.
In August 2016, Christian appeared at the Victoria & Albert Museum in conversation with Greta Chaffer, in a special event entitled “Christian Holder: A life in performance, New York and London.”
Born in Trinidad, Christian has had a long artistic history in many disciplines. His parents, Boscoe Holder and Sheila Clarke, were established personalities in London nightlife in the 50s and 60s, and his debut came at age four, dancing at the Coronation of Elizabeth II, with his father’s dance company, Boscoe Holder and his Caribbean Dancers. He was directed by Orson Welles at age five, and he continued acting and dancing throughout his childhood and early adolescence. Ballet classes began at age seven, then, whilst at stage school, he was awarded a scholarship to the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York. He also attended the High School of Performing Arts, where Robert Joffrey saw him dance and invited him to join his new company, The Joffrey Ballet. He became a leading dancer with that company for thirteen years, working with many of the Twentieth Century’s major choreographers.
Surrounded by his father’s talents (piano, painting, costume design and dance) during his formative years, Christian began to define his own personal voice quite naturally. Art was always central in his life, and he began designing costumes for ballets he choreographed in the US, in France beginning in 1975. From 1974 to 1984 he designed stage costumes for Tina Turner.
Two years ago, Campbells of London exhibited his paintings together with those of his father in a presentation called Père et Fils. Following an enthusiastic response to his work, he has now been invited to give a solo exhibition at Campbells. New Horizons is a varied collection of Christian’s work, many of which were created during the lockdowns of 2021.