Episode 5: Hofesh Shechter

Broadcast date: 23 March 2022

Twenty years ago, in the early hours of new year’s day, a young artist tumbled off the Eurostar, ready to begin a new life in London. Hofesh Shechter grew up in Israel but had been living in Paris, and considered making dance as a showcase for his music. Instead, his unmistakable dance pieces – visceral and propulsive, witty and vulnerable – have made him one of the most distinctive modern choreographers, bringing the energy of a gig to often solemn contemporary dance. Political Mother, the title of perhaps his best-known piece, suggests how Hofesh’s work can feel both public and private. But how does it feel to him?

Hofesh Shechter

Hofesh Shechter, one of the most exciting contemporary choreographers, is renowned for composing atmospheric musical scores to compliment the unique physicality of his movement. Artistic Director of the Hofesh Shechter Company, formed in 2008, he is also an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells. His repertoire for the company includes Uprising, In your rooms, Political Mother, Grand Finale (Olivier Award nomination) and most recently Double Murder. He works with leading international companies including Alvin Ailey, Batsheva, Candoco, Paris Opera Ballet and The Royal Ballet. He has choreographed for theatre, television and opera, including Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway (Tony Award nomination), and was awarded an OBE in 2018.

UK and international tour details for Hofesh Shechter Company and Shechter II UK.

Hofesh Shechter double bill at Paris Opéra.

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