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Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut


Wed 7 & Thu 8 Oct 2015
>Doors 19.00
>Special Guests 19.30
>Hofesh Shechter Company 20.30 (running time 1h 15mins)

O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road, London SW9 9SL

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**** Guardian
**** ‘A howling beast of a dance show’ Metro
***** London Evening Standard
***** ‘Effortlessly hip, endlessly energetic, exhilarating, sexy and loud enough to burst your ear drums’ Daily Telegraph

Hofesh Shechter’s Political Mother was declared an audio visual marvel (Daily Telegraph) after its premiere in 2010. For Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut,Shechter has revamped and reworked it into a bigger, louder work of an unforgettable force.

This October, 40 dancers and musicians will rock one of London’s most iconic music venues, as Shechter’s smash hit show returns to the capital for one last time.

Brimming with gritty and emotional complexity, this extraordinary dance work meets rock gig is an experience like no other.

The piece, which has wowed audiences from Paris to Hong Kong, will be performed with a live band of international musicians – guitarists, drummers and strings – alongside the masterful dancers of Hofesh Shechter Company.

Opening the evening each night we welcome very special guests:

Eliza Carthy Trio > Wed 7 Oct
Eliza Carthy (violin / vocals) with Dave Delarre (guitar) and Saul Rose (accordion).

Rita Payne > Thu 8 Oct
Rhiannon Scutt (acoustic guitar), Pete Sowerby (cymbals, lead vocals) and Robin Baker (double bass).

Image: Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut. Photo by: Tom Medwell

Supported by
Time Out
Gjuum – The health and wellbeing providers of Hofesh Shechter Company


Standing £22 + booking fees
Seated £32-£35 + booking fees


Artistic Team

Performed by: Hofesh Shechter Company

Choreography and Music: Hofesh Shechter

Lighting Design: Lee Curran

Costume Design: Merle Hensel

Strings transcribed by Christopher Allan and arranged by Christopher Allan with Hofesh Shechter

Percussion transcribed by Yaron Engler and arranged by Yaron Engler with Hofesh Shechter

Original Political Mother score also in collaboration with Nell Catchpole Choreography and Music: Hofesh Shechter


Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut is commissioned by Montpellier Danse, Sadler’s Wells and spielzeit’europa / Berliner Festspiele.

Political Mother originally commissioned by Brighton Dome and Festival, Sadler’s Wells and Movimentos – Festwochen der Autostadt in Wolfsburg. The work is co-commissioned by Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, Théâtre de la Ville, Romaeuropa and Mercat de les Flors.

Produced in collaboration with Theatre Royal, Plymouth and with support from DanceXchange, Birmingham.

The score for Political Mother was created in collaboration with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and barbicanbite09; with research supported by Jerwood Studio at Sadler’s Wells.

Collaboration with FOS supported by Outset.

Hofesh Shechter Company is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Hofesh Shechter is an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells and Hofesh Shechter Company is Resident Company at Brighton Dome.