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Clowns / New Creation Double Bill

World Premiere – Teatro Ariosto Reggio Emilia – 17 March 2018

Choreography and Music by Hofesh Shechter
Lighting Design by Lee Curran (Clowns)
Performed by Shechter II

Hofesh Shechter has been described as ‘one of the British dance scene’s hottest properties, the creator of works that are full of raw, visceral energy, set to blasting percussive scores that he composes himself ’ (New York Times). The internationally-acclaimed choreographer, whose landmark pieces include Political Mother and 2017’s Grand Finale, now brings his unique, high-energy work to different regions of the UK and the rest of the world, as part of a UK and world tour.

Shechter’s blackly comic portrayal of a group of anarchic clowns was rapturously received at Nederlands Dans Theater in 2016, and he now creates a brand new companion piece to sit alongside it. With its razor-sharp lighting and pulsating score, Shechter’s work has the energy of a rock gig combined with beautiful, moving choreography.

Clowns/ New Creation is performed by Shechter II, our 8 strong apprentice company chosen from the most inspiring young talent across the world, and includes Riley Wolf, Juliette Valerio, Zunnur Sazali, Adam Khazmuradov, Natalia Gabrielczyk, Emma Farnell-Watson, Robinson Cassarino and Neal Maxwell.

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‘Clowns is a well-delivered punch in the face’ ★★★★★ – BachTrack

‘Clowns is like a wild beating heart, full of murderous, hypnotic desire’ – Dance Talk



Produced by Hofesh Shechter Company. Clowns was originally commissioned by NDT (2016).

The evening, Clowns/New Creation, is produced in association with HOME Manchester and the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, and received production support from Fondazione I Teatri Reggio Emilia and a production residency at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton.