A dead man’s dream
Choreography & Music by Hofesh Shechter
Performed by Hofesh Shechter Company
Internationally celebrated choreographer Hofesh Shechter’s latest work, Grand Finale, is a spectacularly bold and ambitious new piece featuring 10 dancers and six musicians.
Grand Finale is at once comic, bleak and beautiful, evoking a world at odds with itself, full of anarchic energy and violent comedy. Filtering this irrepressible spirit, Shechter creates a vision of a world in freefall: part gig, part dance, part theatre and wholly original.
The company’s exceptional ensemble of dancers comes from 8 different countries. They are Chien-Ming Chang, Frédéric Despierre, Rachel Fallon, Mickael Frappat, Yeji Kim, Kim Kohlmann, Erion Kruja, Merel Lammers, Attila Ronai, Diogo Sousa with Associate Director Bruno Guillore.
Our musicians are James Adams, Chris Allan, Rebekah Allan, Mehdi Ganjvar, Sabio Janiak and Desmond Neysmith.
Grand Finale premiered at La Villette Paris with Théâtre de la Ville on 14 June 2017.
Set & Costumes designed by Tom Scutt
Lighting designed by Tom Visser
Music Collaborators: Nell Catchpole and Yaron Engler
Design Assistant: Rosie Elnile
Production Photography: Rahi Rezvani
Rehearsal Photography: Victor Frankowski
★★★★ ‘Heart-stopping… Hofesh Shechter’s [Grand Finale] has arrived with a bang’ - Laura Capelle, Financial Times
★★★★★ ‘A mature and magnificent work … sulphurous, visceral and surprisingly tender’ - Neil Norman, The Stage
★★★★ ‘a wild waltz for the end of time … [Grand Finale] ranks among Shechter’s most sophisticated creations’ - Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
★★★★ ‘The ultimate dance macabre […] Hofesh Shechter’s existential anguish and his often beautiful choreography fight to the death’ - Luke Jennings, The Observer
‘Life flirts with morbidity in Grand Finale, a touching and exhilarating work loaded with emotion. The Israeli choreographer, in his artistic prime, reveals once again the evocative power of his abstract and expressionist creations based on a mastery of rhythm and explosive sounds […] Not to be missed.’ - Mélanie Carpentier, Le Devoir
Produced by Hofesh Shechter Company and commissioned by Georgia Rosengarten.
Our 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.