Hofesh Shechter

Hofesh Shechter Company, London
German premiere

Hofesh Shechter Company: Sun

Hofesh Shechter Company: Sun

© Gabriele Zucca

  • Length 75 min

Past Dates

Artist Talk
5 July 2014 following the performance

Perfection becomes warped and harmony gives way to a visceral depiction of antagonism and violence in Shechter’s disruptive work “Sun”. From the courtly idyll that sets the scene to the clean, spare vision of a perfect world, Shechter’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. With its powerful, virtuoso choreography, the production touches the dark sides not only of bygone colonial times, but also of our own. An expanded company of 14 dancers is accompanied by an eclectic soundtrack that includes original music by Shechter himself.

Hofesh Shechter, born in Israel and a former member of the Batsheva Dance Company from Tel Aviv, is one of the UK’s most exciting contemporary artists, gaining international acclaim for his choreography and atmospheric music scores. The international dancers of Hofesh Shechter Company have achieved worldwide renown touring his shows “Political Mother”, “Uprising”, “The Art of Not Looking Back” and “In Your Rooms”.

With Maeva Berthelot, Chien-Ming Chang, Frederic Despierre, Bruno Karim Guillore, Philip Hulford, Yeji Kim, Kim Kohlmann, Erion Kruja, Merel Lammers, Sita Ostheimer, Attila Ronai, Diogo Sousa
Special guest Chloe Walshe

Choreography and music Hofesh Shechter
Performance Hofesh Shechter Company
Set design Merle Hensel
Lighting design Lee Curran, Alan Valentine
Costume design Christina Cunningham
Arrangement David Cresswell (Music Masters Ltd.)
Strings Christopher Allan, Rebekah Allan, Nell Catchpole
Guitars Joseph Ashwin, Joel Harries, Vinz
Scenic artist Kirsty Glover
Puppets James Ward (jimbobart), Rebecca Cusack, John I. Gordon, Framestore
Technical director Lawrie McLennan
Sound Mike Bignell
Production manager Sam Wood
Assistant production manager Joanne Woolley

Production: Hofesh Shechter Company commissioned by Bruno Wang
Funded by: The Columbia Foundation fund of the London Community Foundation
Co-production: 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 (Residency) / Berliner Festspiele – Foreign Affairs / Roma Europa
With support of: Mercat de les Flors / Theatre Royal Plymouth

With support of: British Council