Choreography & Music by Hofesh Shechter
Performed by Shechter II

In 2020, Hofesh Shechter will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of his iconic masterpiece Political Mother by creating a powerful new version for Shechter II.

POLITICAL MOTHER UNPLUGGED will invoke the ferocity and spirit of the original in a new era and for a new generation of dancers, selected from the most inspiring young artists across the globe.

POLITICAL MOTHER UNPLUGGED will draw you into a world of raw emotion and intense sensations, driven by Shechter’s contagious tribal movement and the dancers’ extraordinary skill and honesty.

Danced to a bespoke, new recording of Shechter’s music and accompanied by a landscape of designed, digital animated projections, this will be a dance experience like no other.

Weds 18 March 2020
Teatro Municipale Romolo Valli, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Video Projection Designer Shay Hamias
Original Lighting Design Lee Curran
Original Costume Design Merle Hensel
Original Musical Collaborators Nell Catchpole, Yaron Engler
Percussion Arrangements by Hofesh Shechter, Yaron Engler

Additional Music by J.S.Bach, Cliff Martinez, Joni Mitchell, Giuseppe Verdi

Read more about Shechter II, our biennial, paid, talent and career development programme for 18-25yr olds, here >>>

Fri 3 to Sat 25 April 2020
Théâtre de la Ville – Paris

Friday 5 June 2020
Salisbury Festival – Salisbury Playhouse

Fri 12 and Sat 13 June 2020
Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Southampton

Thurs 25 to Sat 27 June 2020
The MAC, Belfast

Sat 31 October 2020
Dance City, Newcastle
Thurs 19 to Sat 21 November 2020
DanceEast Ipswich

Autumn 2020 – HOME, Manchester with further international and UK dates to be announced.

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Political Mother premiered on 20 May 2010, at the Brighton Festival, UK.


POLITICAL MOTHER UNPLUGGED is produced by Hofesh Shechter Company and co-commissioned by Théâtre de la Ville Paris, HOME Manchester, düsseldorf festival! with production support from Fondazione I Teatri Reggio Emilia and a production residency at DanceEast, Ipswich.

Funding partners

Hofesh Shechter Company gratefully receives support towards the delivery of Shechter II 2020, which includes project funding from The Foyle Foundation and The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation and core funding from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Garfield Weston Foundation.

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.