Hofesh Shechter Company is one of the world’s leading dance companies.
In 2008, in response to popular demand following the smash hit success of the double bill Uprising/In your rooms, Shechter, Helen Shute and Colette Hansford formed Hofesh Shechter Company and the Company embarked on its first world tour. Since then the Company can be found performing in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia and reaching audiences in many of the world’s leading dance venues. Recent tours have included South America and the Middle East with the global appetite for Shechter’s work continuing.
Since 2008, under the banner of Hofesh Shechter Company, Shechter has produced works including his first “Choreographer’s Cut” – commissioned by Sadler’s Wells and performed at The Roundhouse. He reworked his acclaimed double bill Uprising/In your rooms to feature a band of 20 musicians alongside a company of 17 dancers. In 2009 Shechter was commissioned by Brighton Festival to create the ‘exquisitely acrimonious’ The Art of Not Looking Back (The Observer, 2009), which was inspired by and made for six female dancers. In May 2010 his first full-length work Political Mother premiered at the Brighton Festival, winning 5 star reviews from all the major national press and subsequently embarking on an extensive international tour, further cementing the Company’s reputation.
2011 saw the second time Shechter created a ‘Choreographer’s Cut’ of his work, this time for Political Mother – the result was ‘a howling beast of a dance show’ (Metro), featuring over 40 performers and which next appeared in Hong Kong and Paris in Autumn 2014. Shechter collaborated with Antony Gormley on Survivor commissioned by the Barbican and reaching sell-out audiences for its run in January 2012. In October 2013, Shechter unveiled his next major creation Sun at Melbourne Festival, co-produced by partners around the world and again both disrupting and entrancing audiences “a powerful, deliberately unstable and wholly absorbing work.” ABC Australia.
Participation has been at the heart of Hofesh Shechter Company’s ethos since its inception. Whether watching one of our performances or taking part in a workshop, we aim to take you on a journey with us. The company schedules dedicated periods of participation opportunities within our busy touring life. Hofesh and the dancers enjoy working and dancing with groups of all types – from workshops in schools, to courses for professionals, to residences with older dancers.
Hofesh is an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells and Hofesh Shechter Company is Resident Company at Brighton Dome.
Led by Hofesh, we thrive on giving people meaningful experiences, in the audience, in the community and in our company.
We believe that while art can change the world a little,
it can change an individual’s world entirely.
With our own healthy cynicism for ‘contemporary dance’, we strive to create works that have potential to make real, powerful connections. We set out to challenge preconceptions of the possibilities of live performance and through this, to inspire young people to invest their time and energy in the arts.