“We’re in the business of inspiring people. I want to change lives, like my life was changed.”
– Hofesh Shechter
We celebrate and inspire the freedom of the human spirit through dance. We travel the world with our exceptional tribe of dancers, breaking boundaries and releasing the visceral power that lies beyond the conscious mind.
We believe that dance has the ability to prod, poke and tap into our deepest emotions; a part of ourselves that we rarely access in modern life. We dance to know what it feels like not just to live, but to be alive.
In all our work, we strive to move ourselves, and our audiences, beyond reason.
We are based in the UK and create our work here and in Europe. Our work can be seen in the UK, major European cities, Canada, USA and beyond. We employ a full-time, year round company of dancers who are at our core.
“I want audiences to be awakened, to experience my work from the gut. Trusting the gut is to me like trusting nature, or God, or a sense of purpose; a source, a spark. Trusting a higher and better force than our limited oppressed cultured minds.”
– Hofesh Shechter
“London’s most vital choreographer”
– TimeOut London
My work speaks the language of the people, of the time. It’s not just for professional eyes.
It portrays something raw, real – the essence of the human spirit, its helplessness in the face of self and outer oppression and pressure but its ultimate victory; the ultimate victory of hope; an account of the tensions between the collective and the individual; control and the abandonment of control.
When my dancers are on stage, they are themselves, without pretence. We aim to cut through layers of artifice to reveal things for what they really are, the raw truth, biting life at its core, and in revealing the truth of the pathetic and beautiful human existence we want to make people aware, awake, and in turn understand they hold the power to change. It is that sense of brotherhood, comradeship in the battles of life, victory of spirit through persistence, through support that is my greatest ambition.
Music is an essential part of my work; it is its beating heart, its fuel. It creates space and atmosphere. Timelessness. The scale of the visual is matched by epic, multi-layered cinematic soundtracks, often played live. The live band infuses more life, danger and edginess to the performance. Nothing can match the atmosphere of live music.
My work is highly cinematic, moving and flowing its focus between tribal moments that fill the stage, and intimate private scenes; editing between the individual’s emotion and character in counterpoint to the group. How small the individual is. How influential the individual can be. The tension of our social existence lies in the stretch between existing social orders and the individual’s craving for freedom.
I want people to experience my work in large spaces, because I see the power of the communal experience to connect, to amplify the senses, to focus the learning about ourselves and to inspire each other.
Founded in 2008, Hofesh Shechter Company is a boundary-breaking dance company that produces exceptional work, created by Artistic Director Hofesh Shechter, and plays in cities all around the world. The company are resident at Brighton Dome and Shechter is an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells.
Hofesh Shechter’s repertoire for the company includes Uprising (2006), In your rooms (2007), The Art of Not Looking Back (2009), Political Mother (2010), Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut (2011), Sun (2013), barbarians (2015), Grand Finale (2017) and SHOW (2018).
2018 marked the company’s tenth anniversary and saw the continuing international tour of Grand Finale; a revival of Hofesh’s production of Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice at La Scala, Milan, co-directed with John Fulljames, and a UK and international tour of SHOW, performed by our apprentice company, Shechter II. East Wall, our four-year talent development project, culminated in a large-scale spectacle of dance and live music at the Tower of London, in partnership with East London Dance, Historic Royal Palaces and LIFT, and BBC Two presented our first dance film, Hofesh Shechter’s Clowns, which was broadcast in September as part of the Performance Live strand to exceptional and extensive new audiences for the company’s work.