A driving force in the new wave of contemporary dance, Shechter chose to settle in London, a city as vibrant and diverse as his performers. In 2008, he founded his own company, which has since achieved international recognition with such creations as In your rooms, Uprising and Political Mother. In his latest work, Shechter returns to live music, which he composed himself. On stage, dancers and musicians form a tribe united in their struggle against intense blasts of sound and movement. Powerful, immediate emotion is one of Shechter’s trademarks in his ongoing investigation of the mysteries of the human experience. One of the few contemporary choreographers who are comfortable working with large ensembles, Shechter communicates a creativity that knows no bounds.
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Hofesh Shechter is recognised as one of the most exciting artists working today, renowned for composing atmospheric musical scores to compliment the unique physicality of his movement. He is Artistic Director of the UK-based Hofesh Shechter Company, formed in 2008. The company are resident at Brighton Dome and Shechter is an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells.
His recent works for his company include Uprising, In your room...
Born in 1974, Hofesh Shechter studied dance and percussion and was a member of the renowned Batsheva Dance Company. Based in London since 2002, he began his career as a choreographer two years later after winning a competition with the duo Fragments, for which he also composed the music. His career exploded rapidly, and his work has been presented on major stages all over the world. In 2008 he founded the Hofesh Shechter Co...Read more about Hofesh Shechter Company
Choreography & Music Hofesh Shechter.
Performed by Hofesh Shechter Company.
Set & Costumes Design Tom Scutt. Lighting Design Tom Visser. Music Collaborators Nell Catchpole, Yaron Engler. Associate Artistic Director Bruno Guillore. Design Assistant (Set & Costume) Rosie Elnile.
Dancers Chien-Ming Chang, Frédéric Despierre (Rehearsal Assistant), Rachel Fallon, Mickael Frappat, Yeji Kim, Kim Kohlmann, Erion Kruja, Merel Lammers, Attila Ronai, Diogo Sousa.
Musicians James Adams, Chris Allan, Rebekah Allan, Mehdi Ganjvar, Sabio Janiak, Desmond Neysmith.
Original Score Hofesh Shechter. Music Collaborators Nell Catchpole, Yaron Engler. Percussion on soundtrack Hofesh Shechter with Yaron Engler. Score transcribed by Christopher Allan.
Special thanks to the musicians for their generous improvisational input and creativity throughout the process and performance. And for keeping that human flame on.
We are especially grateful to the team at TR2 and Theatre Royal Plymouth for their invaluable support during the rehearsal and production period.
Produced by Hofesh Shechter Company and commissioned by Georgia Rosengarten.
Our Commissioning Partners are Sadler's Wells, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris / La Villette-Paris and Brighton Dome and Festival. Co-commissioned by Colours International Dance Festival Stuttgart, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Romaeuropa Festival, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Marche Teatro / Inteatro Festival together with Danse Danse Montréal, HELLERAU-European Center for the Arts Dresden, Dansens Hus Oslo, Athens and Epidaurus Festival, HOME Manchester and Scène Nationale d’Albi.
Grand Finale is generously supported by the International Music and Arts Foundation.