"As ambitious and as heads-down, hair-prickingly exhilarating as modern dance gets" - The Telegraph
"It’s visceral, painful and very, very exciting…." - The Times
"A work of galvanising challenging power" - The Guardian
Political Mother brims with Shechter’s emotional and gritty complexity. Pulsating live music, extraordinary ensemble sequences, and cinematic editing make Political Mother a dance experience like no other.
Performed by 10 dancers, and accompanied by Shechter’s cinematic score featuring a band of live drummers and electric guitarists.
Political Mother promises to draw audiences back to Shechter’s world whose astonishing unisons, percussive grooves and raw, honest physicality mark him as one of the most exciting artists to emerge in recent years.
Choreography and Music Hofesh Shechter
Lighting Design Lee Curran
Costume Design Merle Hensel
Musical Collaborators Nell Catchpole, Yaron Engler
Percussion Arrangements Hofesh Shechter, Yaron Engler
Additional Music J.S .Bach, Cliff Martinez, Joni Mitchell, Giuseppe Verdi
Political Mother world premiered 20 May 2010 at the Brighton Festival, UK
Political Mother is produced by Hofesh Shechter Company and 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