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#HOFEST: a London festival of Hofesh Shechter Company

Posted on April 27, 2015

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hofesh-shechterHofesh Shechter Company has announced #HOFEST, a London season celebrating the range of its work. Held in September and October 2015, the season will include new works by Shechter, revivals and his first opera production.

The season opens with Orphée et Eurydice, a new production of Gluck’s opera, running from September 14 to October 3 at the Royal Opera House. Directed by Shechter and John Fulljames, it will feature Hofesh Shechter Company dancers, with tenor Juan Diego Flórez as Orphée and soprano Lucy Crowe as Eurydice. John Eliot Gardner will conduct the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir.

Hofesh Shechter company will dance Barbarians, a new triple bill, at Sadler’s Wells from September 18 to 25. It includes the barbarians in love, first shown as part of the Sadler’s Wells programme The Associates in February 2015.

On October 1 and 2, the youngest dancers of the company appear in deGeneration, presented by East London Dance at Stratford Circus. Known as Shechter Junior, the company has eight dancers aged from 18 to 25, chosen by Shechter from more than a thousand who auditioned. They will dance two of his early works, Fragments (2003) and Cult (2004), with the UK premiere of another work, adapted for these dancers from an earlier work.

Created in 2010, Shechter’s Political Mother has since been revised into a larger, even louder work for 40 dancers and musicians. This version, Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut will be presented at the O2 Academy Brixton on October 7 and 8.

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Picture: Hofesh Shechter. Photograph: courtesy of Brighton Festival


Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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