Adelaide Festival 2019
Hofesh Shechter Company
Australian Premiere/Australian Exclusive
Hofesh Shechter is no ordinary choreographer. Israeli born, London-based, Shechter exploded into the contemporary dance world when, as a relative unknown, his 2007 work In Your Rooms was hailed as one of the most important new works of the millennium.
Since then, he’s built an arrestingly powerful body of work, almost singlehandedly creating a new genre: part dance, part gig, part theatre. Critics try to encapsulate his work with words like ‘exultant’, ‘visceral’, and ‘ecstatic’, and certainly his trademark gestural language – derived from folkdance, military exercise, club-dancing and even the gym – is addictively hypnotic.
Harder to convey is its deep emotional impact and ability to wordlessly capture the contemporary zeitgeist, responding with searing intelligence to the world around us: demagoguery, the death of truth, groupthink, and ecological disaster. Yet threaded throughout is Shechter’s signature black humour with which he analyses and exorcises today’s demons. Spectacularly ambitious, his latest work Grand Finale pits his company of extraordinary dancers and an onstage live band against a gathering wave of percussive sound and ever-encroaching darkness.
Fierce and anguished on one level, its moments of irony, of suspended rapture and raging defiance infuse it with a thrilling, unstoppable energy.
A mature and magnificent work… sulphurous, visceral and surprisingly tender The Stage (UK)
Produced by Hofesh Shechter Company and commissioned by Georgia Rosengarten.
Commissioning Partners are 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.