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#HOFEST – Shechter announces a London wide tour

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#HOFEST – Shechter announces a London wide tour of four pieces, old and new
London, Sep – Oct 2015

Hofesh Shechter has recently announced a four week tour, celebrating works old and new in four, very different venues – The Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells, O2 Academy Brixton and Stratford Circus.

#HOFEST will see Shechter’s operatic directorial debut with a new production of Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice at the Royal Opera House (14 Sep – 03 Oct), kicking off the tour. From 18 – 25 Sep Shechter’s new triple bill barbarians will hit the Sadler’s Wells stage in what is promising to be three wildly different takes on intimacy, passion and the banality of love.

On 06 Feb Nick had the chance to catch the barbarians in love as part of The Associates at Sadler’s Wells. A sneak peak into one of the three pieces to expect in barbarians and Nick described the piece as a sextet of plainly clothed dancers who physicalise Shechter’s instantly recognisable movement vocabulary, decorating the strictly structured Baroque sound score. It certainly was a tasteful start to what could be in line to Shechter’s already established legacy.

Hofesh Shechter Company, ‘barbarians’ 2015. Photo: Jake Walter

Hofesh Shechter says,

It’s a privilege to have a company of such extraordinary and versatile dancers and to have the opportunity to work with them in so many different ways and on very different productions in a richness of contexts. I’m so excited to see what we can do together

This will be the company’s biggest London season so far, hoping to challenge audience members’ view of contemporary dance and how they can engage with it in these four, distinct spaces.

A highlight of the season is the return of Shechter’s critically acclaimed Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut (07 & 08 Oct) but this time in one of London’s leading music venues – O2 Academy, Brixton. Brimming with gritty and emotional complexity, this extraordinary work with 40 dancers and musicians will bring the atmosphere of a rock gig to contemporary dance, creating an experience like no other.

Nigel Downs, General Manager for O2 Academy Brixton states,

It is a privilege to welcome this show and Hofesh Shechter Company to O2 Academy Brixton. Whilst it’s different to our usual programming, this production perfectly unites contemporary dance with the soundtrack and atmosphere of a rock show; so joining these elements in a celebrated and iconic music venue is the perfect combination.

Hofesh Shechter Company, ‘Political Mother- The Choreographer’s Cut’, World Premiere 2011. Photo: Tom Medwell, 2011

Completing this Shechter fuelled spectacle is Shechter Junior, returning from their European tour with deGeneration (01 & 02 Oct) at Stratford Circus. These extraordinarily talented young dancers tackle two creations from Shechter’s canon,Cult (2004) and Fragments (2003), the works that introduced his cinematic, smoky brand of dance to the world with a bang. Completing the evening is the UK premiere of a piece adapted from an earlier work by Shechter, reworked especially for and inspired by the dancers of Shechter Junior. Shechter Junior also join the main company in Orphée et Eurydice an opportunity to see the 22 strong company performing together for the first time.

The season will also be complimented by a number of workshops and interactive events across London, including an immersive podcast produced by Fuel and adapted for a live experience. A full list of additional events will be announced in the coming months.

For a full listings of what to expect head over to:
www.hofesh.co.uk/hofest

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