Grand Finale © Rahi Rezvani
Grand Finale. Hofesh Shechter Company

Grand Finale

Hofesh Shechter Company

Choreography & Music Hofesh Shechter
Set & Costume Design Tom Scutt
Lighting Design Tom Visser
Music Collaborators Nell Catchpole, Yaron Engler

Chien-Ming Chang, Frédéric Despierre, Rachel Fallon, Mickael Frappat, Yeji Kim, Kim Kohlmann, Erion Kruja, Attila Ronai, Hannah Shepherd

Musicians James Adams, Chris Allan, Rebekah Allan, Mehdi Ganjvar, Sabio Janiak, Desmond Neysmith

Rapid movements full of raw energy, almost as if by remote control; a collective disintegrating into individual components; a desperate attempt to hold on and the realisation that nothing lasts – “Grand Finale” reflects a world in freefall. With a company of ten dancers and six musicians, the choreographer and composer Hofesh Shechter outlines an oppressive, fascinating and grim vision, though not completely without hope, somewhere between comedy, danse macabre and apocalypse – in surreal scenes full of beauty, grace and brutality.

Hofesh Shechter is one of the most exciting artists in the contemporary dance scene. With his energetic, powerful choreographies, combined with his own soundscapes that at times reach the volume of a rock concert, he creates universes that are at once brutally raw and delicately beautiful. “Grand Finale” is Shechter’s first collaboration with designer Tom Scutt and the score includes works by Franz Léhar and Pyotr Tchaikovsky as well as his own music. His Hofesh Shechter Company, founded in 2008, has performed at Berliner Festspiele several times, presenting shows like “Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut” (2012), “Sun” (2014) and “barbarians” (2015).


Trailer “Grand Finale”, directed by Ed Inglis

Produced by Hofesh Shechter Company and commissioned by Georgia Rosengarten.

Commissioning Partners: Sadler’s Wells, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris / La Villette-Paris and Brighton Dome and Festival.
Co-commissioned by: Colours International Dance Festival Stuttgart, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Romaeuropa Festival, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Marche Teatro / Inteatro Festival together with Danse Danse Montréal, HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden in cooperation with Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Dansens Hus Oslo, Athens and Epidaurus Festival, HOME Manchester and Scène Nationale d’Albi.

“Grand Finale” is generously supported by the International Music and Arts Foundation.

Duration 1h 40min, one interval

World premiere 14 June 2017, Théâtre de la Ville, Paris

Tickets & Dates

Grand Finale


Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Main Stage


€ 15 - 48


  • Fri 05 Oct 2018, 19:30 - 21:10
  • Sat 06 Oct 2018, 19:30 - 21:10