Shechter II is the Hofesh Shechter Company professional development programme for the next generation of emerging artists aged 18-25 – a company of young dancers selected every two years and representing the most exceptional world-class dancers from across globe.
Shechter II is not just about performance – it’s a full programme of professionally aligned research and development which aims to develop young dance artists who deeply understand their practice, who are engaged, curious and who embrace self-reflection.
“ I grew a lot as a dancer, but also I had a lot of mental and emotional growth. It was powerful and interesting in that sense. It made me grow more as an artist in the work. I learned about life….that it’s not just what you see on the outside. This will help me a lot in the next place I go to – knowing myself more fully…how I work with people, how I see myself..”
Rosalia Panepinto, Shechter II dancer 2020/21
The programme offers an extraordinary proximity to the workings and practices of a major international dance company, working closely with renowned choreographer, Hofesh Shechter, and touring the UK and Europe with a recreation of his most renowned works, while at the same time providing the support and underpinning that ensures heightened professional readiness.
Launched in 2018, Shechter II attracted critical acclaim and won the Prix de la Critique award for Best Performers at Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, where they staged 29 sold-out performances over two seasons of Hofesh Shechter’s SHOW. In 2020, 10 dancers marked the 10th anniversary of Shechter’s acclaimed classic Political Mother by reaching new online audiences through the live streams of POLITICAL MOTHER UNPLUGGED – invoking the ferocity and spirit of the original for a new era and compassing digital animation. The pandemic initially meant a more digital experience for this cohort of Shechter II dancers, resulting in Political Mother: The Final Cut, a captivating short film, created and directed by Hofesh. The film was live-streamed from Battersea Arts Centre, London in July 2021, to a global audience, over 3 nights, to huge acclaim.
Our new cohort for the Shechter II 2022 programme are currently touring Contemporary Dance 2.0 internationally.
For more information about Shechter II and Contemporary Dance 2.0 click here
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PROFESSIONAL INTENSIVES COURSES
Our regular programme of intensives have been devised for professional dancers, teachers and dance students on vocational courses who are looking to enrich their practice and training.
Led by a team including Associate Artistic Director Bruno Guillore, our dancers and Hofesh. Intensives are between 3 – 5 days of immersion in Hofesh’s fundamental movement principles and repertoire.
Recommended for those over the age of 18+.
Here’s what some of our participants had to say:
“The company gave so much personal feedback and I really grew from this experience in ways that will continue to translate in my own work.”
“The whole experience has been very intense, deep and fulfilling.”
“For such an internationally renowned company, this is one of the fullest, yet lowest cost intensives I have ever done.”