LIGHT: Bach dances
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
Only by dancing in the abyss can we celebrate the LIGHT.
Inspired by Bach’s cantatas, LIGHT: Bach dances 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 41 performers that appear on stage together, including Baroque orchestra Concerto Copenhagen conducted by Mortensen, 9 singers and 11 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
Dancers: Jared Brown, Robinson Cassarino, Chieh-Hann Chang, Chien-Ming Chang (Rehearsal Director), Evelyn Hart, Rachel Fallon, Emma Farnell-Watson, Adam Khazhmuradov, Rosalia Panepinto, Jill Goh Su-Jen, Niek Wagenaar
Singers: Mary Bevan (1st Soprano), Carina Tybjerb Madsen (2nd Soprano), Chisa Tanigaki (3rd Soprano), Mia Bergström (1st Alto), Kristin Mulders (2nd Alto), Gerald Geerink (1st Tenor), Zahid Siddiqui (2nd Tenor), Jacob Bloch Jespersen (1st Bass), Yannis Franҫois (2nd Bass)
Orchestra: Concerto Copenhagen
Co-produced by Royal Danish Theatre and Hofesh Shechter Company
World Premiere – 08 May 2021 at the Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark
★★★★★ ‘I've never experienced such a harmonious balance of music, song and dance, as if it were the same body, breathing as one.’ - Monna Dithmer, Politiken
‘I don't remember seeing anything more beautiful on the opera stage than the final scene of LIGHT: Bach dances’ - Camilla Marie Dahlgreen, Information
LIGHT: Bach dances 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.