Double Murder Clowns (c) Todd Macdonald Illuminations

Double Murder

Choreography & Music by Hofesh Shechter
Performed by Hofesh Shechter Company

A thrilling new double bill by internationally celebrated choreographer Hofesh Shechter, presenting two distinctly contrasting pieces of contemporary dance for our times.

One half of the evening is Clowns, a satirical nod to our ever-growing indifference to violence; originally created for Nederlands Dans Theater 1 and later produced as a film and broadcast by the BBC to great acclaim. In a macabre comedy of murder and desire, Clowns unleashes a whirlwind of choreographed anarchy, testing how far we are willing to go in the name of entertainment.

As an antidote to the murderous, poisonous energy of Clowns, Shechter’s New Creation brings a tender, fragile energy to the stage. It offers a raw and compassionate moment to balance the forces of aggression and violence that press on us daily. A shield to protect us from the noise of life outside, and a place that allows the performers to shine, be fragile, be seen for their utmost human qualities.

Violence, tenderness and hope are all laid bare through Shechter’s achingly beautiful, cinematic lens.

Performed by ten of his inimitable dancers and accompanied by the epic sounds of a Shechter-composed score, Double Murder will expose painful truths and delve into our deepest emotions.

World premiere:
Sat 2 to Sun 3 May 2020
Brighton Festival, UK
www.brightonfestival.org


Choreography & Music Hofesh Shechter
Lighting Design New Creation Tom Visser
Costume Design New Creation Peter Todd
Lighting Design Clowns Lee Curran


Touring: 
Weds 13 to Sat 16 May 2020
HOME, Manchester
www.homemcr.org

Further UK and international dates, including autumn touring to London, Paris and Luxembourg, to be announced.

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Clowns premiered on 29 April 2016 at Nederlands Dans Theater 1 in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Commissioners

Double Murder is produced by Hofesh Shechter Company.

Commissioned by Sadler’s Wells, Théâtre de la Ville Paris / MAC - Créteil, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. Co-commissioned by Shanghai International Dance Center Theater (SIDCT), Hong Kong – New Vision Arts Festival, National Performing Arts Center, by Taiwan R.O.C. – National Taichung Theater, Danse Danse Montréal, Scène Nationale d’Albi, Torinodanza Festival / Teatro Stabile di Torino - Teatro Nazionale, Marche Teatro / Inteatro Festival, Opéra de Dijon and HOME Manchester. Developed in part at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Funding partners

Hofesh Shechter Company is supported using public funding through Arts Council England and benefits from the support of BNP Paribas Foundation for the development of its projects.