Hofesh Shechter Company 2021-22 Tour Announcement

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HOFESH SHECHTER COMPANY ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES FOR DOUBLE MURDER AND POLITICAL MOTHER UNPLUGGED

 

  • INTERNATIONALLY CELEBRATED CHOREOGRAPHER HOFESH SHECHTER ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED WORK FOR 2021 AND 2022

 

  • WORLD PREMIERE OF DOUBLE MURDER WILL BE OPEN AT SADLER’S WELLS IN SEPTEMBER PRIOR TO AN INTERNATIONAL TOUR WITH FURTHER UK DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

 

  • SOME UK DATES CONFIRIRMED FOR THE UNIVERSALLY ACCLAIMED POLITICAL MOTHER REMOUNTED BY SHECHTER II AS POLITICAL MOTHER UNPLUGGED WITH MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY

 

Hofesh Shechter Company presents the world premiere of

Double Murder – (Clowns and The Fix)

Choreography & Music by Hofesh Shechter

Lighting Design The Fix by Tom Visser

Costume Design The Fix by Peter Todd

Lighting Design Clowns by Lee Curran

Performed by Hofesh Shechter Company

Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 September 2021 at Sadler’s Wells

PRESS NIGHT: WEDNESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER AT 7.30pm

 

Double Murder is a thrilling new double bill by internationally celebrated choreographer Hofesh Shechter, presented as two distinctly contrasting pieces for our times – Clowns and The Fix.  The production will open to press at Sadler’s Wells on Wednesday 15 September prior to an international tour before returning to play at HOME in Manchester in June with further UK dates to be announced.

 

With a sarcastic nod to our ever-growing indifference to violence, Clowns unleashes a whirlwind of choreographed anarchy, asking how far are we willing to go in the name of entertainment.

Shechter’s new creation, The Fix, brings a tender, fragile energy to the stage. It offers a human, raw and compassionate moment where violence, tenderness and hope are all laid bare through Shechter’s achingly beautiful, cinematic lens.

 

Performed by ten of his inimitable dancers and accompanied by the epic sounds of a Shechter-composed score, Double Murder will expose painful truths and delve into our deepest emotions.

 

Double Murder is produced by Hofesh Shechter Company.  It is commissioned by Sadler’s Wells, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. Co-commissioned by Shanghai International Dance Center Theater (SIDCT), Hong Kong – New Vision Arts Festival, National Performing Arts Center, by Taiwan R.O.C. – National Taichung Theater, Danse Danse Montréal, Scène Nationale d’Albi, Torinodanza Festival / Teatro Stabile di Torino – Teatro Nazionale, Marche Teatro / Inteatro Festival, Opéra de Dijon and HOME Manchester. Developed in part at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Double Murder is supported by the International Music and Art Foundation.

Clowns premiered on 29 April 2016 at Nederlands Dans Theater 1 in The Hague, The Netherlands.

The Fix Rehearsals 2020 (c) Chris Nash Lr 3 Colour


Hofesh Shechter Company presents

POLITICAL MOTHER UNPLUGGED

Choreography & Music by Hofesh Shechter

Lighting Design by Lee Curran

Costume Design by Merle Hensel

Video Projection Designer – Shay Hamias

Musical Collaborators – Nell Catchpole and Yaron Engler

Performed by Shechter II

2020 marked the 10th anniversary of the universally acclaimed classic Political Mother and to celebrate this iconic masterpiece, Hofesh Shechter Company remounted POLITICAL MOTHER UNPLUGGED, a potent new version performed by Shechter II, their renowned apprentice company.

Following a year of cancelled tour dates in 2020, Shechter II returns to embark on a European tour prior to playing dates in the UK from October through to November at the Lighthouse Poole (Oct 5), Home, Manchester (Oct 27-30), Battersea Arts Centre, London (Nov 3-5) and Dance East in Ipswich (Nov 25-27) with further dates to be announced.  See current tour schedule further down.

Performed by Shechter II, who represent the very best of the next generation of contemporary dance talent – this live stage production will invoke the ferocity and spirit of the original in a new era and for a new generation of dancers, selected from the most inspiring young artists across the globe.

The dancers are Jared Brown (USA), Jack Butler (UK), Chien-Hann Chang (Taiwan), Evelyn Hart (UK), Charles Henrich (France), Evelien Jansen (Netherlands), Rosalia Panepinto (USA/Italy), Jill Goh Su-Jen (Singapore) and Niek Wagenaar (Netherlands).

POLITICAL MOTHER UNPLUGGED will draw you into a world of visceral emotion and intense sensations, driven by Shechter’s contagious tribal movement and the dancers’ extraordinary skill and honesty.  Danced to a bespoke, new recording of Shechter’s music and accompanied by a landscape of designed, digital animated projections, this will be a dance experience like no other.

Political Mother was recently reimagined as a short film, POLITICAL MOTHER:The Final Cut, shot entirely during lockdown at Battersea Arts Centre and performed by the same company of extraordinary young dancers.

POLITICAL MOTHER UNPLUGGED is produced by Hofesh Shechter Company and co-commissioned by Théâtre de la Ville Paris, HOME Manchester, düsseldorf festival! with production support from Fondazione I Teatri Reggio Emilia and a production residency at DanceEast, Ipswich, Belfast, Salisbury and Southampton.

Political Mother Unplugged / Hofesh Shechter

The original Political Mother premiered on 20 May 2010, at the Brighton Festival, UK.

Hofesh Shechter Company gratefully receives support towards the delivery of Shechter II, which includes project funding from The Foyle Foundation, The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation and the International Music and Art Foundation, and core funding from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Garfield Weston Foundation.

For press information and reviewing tickets please contact Clióna Roberts on 07754756504 or e- mail cliona@crpr.co.uk

LISTINGS AND TOUR INFORMATION

 

DOUBLE MURDER

14 – 18 Sept  Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London

29 Sept – 1 Oct  Torinodanza Festival, Turin Italy

5 – 15 Oct  Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, France Théâtre Châtelet

22 – 23 Oct   Le Carré Sainte Maxime , St Maxime, France

26 – 27 Oct  Le Libertè, scène nationale, France 

11 Dec   Opéra de Dijon, Dijon, France

3 – 4 Mar 2022 Théâtre des Salins, Martigues, France

POLITICAL MOTHER UNPLUGGED

3 – 4 Sept  Oriente Occidente Festival, Rovereto, Italy

8 – 10 Sept  Düsseldorf Festival!, Düsseldorf, Germany

20 – 21 Sept  Espace 1789, St Ouen, France

24 – 25 Sept  Points Communs, Cergy – Pontoise, France

5 Oct  The Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset

15 Oct  MA Scène Nationale, Montbéliard, France

27 – 30 Oct  HOME, Manchester

3 – 5 Nov  Battersea Arts Centre, London

14 Nov  Teatro Muncipale Valli, Reggio Emilia, Italy

25 – 27 Nov  DanceEast, Ipswich

 

NOTES FOR EDITORS

Hofesh Shechter Company Hofesh Shechter Company is a boundary-breaking dance company that produces exceptional work created by Artistic Director Hofesh Shechter OBE, with, at its core, an extraordinary company of internationally diverse dancers.

Founded in 2008, the company’s repertoire includes Uprising (2006), In your rooms (2007), The Art of Not Looking Back (2009), Political Mother (2010), Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut (2011), Sun (2013), barbarians (2015) and Grand Finale (2017) with SHOW (2018) and POLITICAL MOTHER UNPLUGGED (2020) performed by Shechter II, its apprentice programme. Hofesh Shechter Company has played in cities around the world including Paris, New York, Melbourne, Tokyo, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Rome, Seoul, Rio de Janeiro and many more.

In 2018, the apprentice company of Hofesh Shechter Company, Shechter II, was established. Shechter II is a biennial, paid, talent and career development programme for 18-25yr olds. It is designed to nurture young artists at the beginning of their performance career and successfully combines training and mentoring elements with the demands of a full-time touring company. The programme, which was successfully piloted in 2018, not only provides young dancers with a guided pathway into a career as professional performers, it also creates high-quality touring opportunities, for which there is demand from smaller venues in the UK and internationally.

The eight dancers of Shechter II 2018 successfully performed Hofesh Shechter’s SHOW to audiences worldwide, for which they received the 2017 / 2018 Prix de la critique award for Meilleurs Interprètes – Best Performers at Théâtre de la Ville – Paris, where they had 29 sold-out performances over two seasons.

They also took part in East Wall, a large-scale spectacle of dance and live music at the Tower of London, in partnership with East London Dance, Historic Royal Palaces and LIFT, rated one of the best dance moments of the 21st Century by The Guardian.

In 2020 the international dancers of Shechter II, who were selected from nearly one thousand applicants, created a potent new version of Shechter’s  iconic masterpiece Political Mother, POLITICAL MOTHER UNPLUGGED, which was live streamed during lockdown at Théâtre des Abbesses, Paris and in 2021 returns to theatres in the UK.

Hofesh Shechter Company is supported using public funding through Arts Council England and benefits from the support of BNP Paribas Foundation for the development of its projects.

With thanks to the UK Government’s Culture Recovery Fund Hofesh Shechter Company continues to be #HereForCulture.

www.hofesh.co.uk