Performed by Hofesh Shechter Company
Choreography and Music by Hofesh Shechter
Set Design by Merle Hensel
Lighting Design by Lee Curran
Costume Design by Christina Cunningham
Additional Music by Irving Berlin, Wagner, Sigur Ros, The Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars
Perfection becomes warped, and harmony gives way to a visceral depiction of antagonism and violence in Hofesh’s disruptive work, Sun.
From the courtly idyll that sets the scene, to the clean spare vision of a ‘perfect’ world, Hofesh’s choreography embraces frenetic abandon and his signature understated intricacy, in a work that confronts the pastoral horror of colonialism with a hint of sharp humour. An eclectic soundtrack that includes original music by Hofesh accompanies a cast of 14 dancers.
Sun premiered on 12 October 2013, at Melbourne Festival, Australia.
‘…eye-poppingly packed with wit, energy and ambition.’ - The Telegraph
‘Once again, Shechter has composed his own music. His strength is in creating beats that pulse through the dancers' bodies with incredible potency.’ - Brisbane Times
‘The intricate choreography of Sun alone makes it worth the price of ticket.’ - The Guardian
‘A bit of humour, a lot of indignation, a wash of frustration and fear and a dark world hoping to find solace in the light.’ - The Times
‘This production is dance for people who don’t go clubbing anymore and want to feel reckless and wired again.’ - Evening Standard on barbarians
Sun is produced by Hofesh Shechter Company and commissioned by Bruno Wang. Sun is supported by The Columbia Foundation fund of the London Community Foundation. Sun is co-commissioned by Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, Sadler’s Wells London, Melbourne Festival, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre de la Ville – Paris, Festspielhaus St Pölten (including a working residency), Berliner Festspiele – Foreign Affairs, Roma Europa, with co-production support from Mercat de Les Flors and the Theatre Royal Plymouth.