“For me, movement is born from the inside out. When I am making work the emphasis is always on the energy and emotion of a movement, rather than the shape it forms. This makes it available for everybody to try. I enjoy seeing my work give people the feeling that dance is possible for them – that it is accessible, exciting, moving, and more than anything that it can belong to them, and they feel like they belong in it.” – Hofesh
We offer opportunities for professionals and emerging professionals to come together, exchange practice and develop their own approaches to dance and performance.
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.
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. 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.
Our next Shechter II programme will be in 2022 with auditions announced in June 2021.
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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.”