LIGHT: Bach dances (working title)


Co-directed by Hofesh Shechter and John Fulljames
Choreography by Hofesh Shechter
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra: Concerto Copenhagen, conducted by Lars Ulrik Mortensen
Performed by Hofesh Shechter Company
Co-produced by Royal Danish Theatre and Hofesh Shechter Company

Only by dancing in the abyss can we celebrate the LIGHT.

Inspired by Bach’s cantatas, LIGHT: Bach dances (working title) features real-life testimony of people facing death, in a moving, thought-provoking and life-affirming dance, music and theatre piece.

Awarded the prestigious FEDORA – VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Prize for Ballet 2020, LIGHT: Bach dances marks the second collaboration between internationally-renowned choreographer Hofesh Shechter and award-winning Opera Director John Fulljames. Following their hugely successful creative partnership as co-directors of Royal Opera House London’s 2015 production of Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice, they reunite and collaborate with conductor Lars Ulrik Mortensen to co-create and direct this ambitious, multi-disciplinary work.

LIGHT: Bach dances includes a cast of 39 performers that appear on stage together, including Baroque orchestra Concerto Copenhagen conducted by Mortensen, 10 singers and 8 dancers. Shechter’s raw, fragile choreography brings a new currency to Bach’s cantatas, sung live and interwoven with a soundscape of voices. These are the recorded testimonies of people who are contemplating the end of their lives.

Set and Costume Designer: Tom Scutt
Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
Produced by Royal Danish Theatre and Hofesh Shechter Company

World Premiere – 30 April 2021 at the Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark


LIGHT: Bach dances (working title) is co-produced by Royal Danish Theatre and Hofesh Shechter Company

Winner of the FEDORA – VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Prize for Ballet 2020

Research and development supported by Cockayne - Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation

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

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