“For me, movement is born from the inside out. When I am making work the emphasis is always on the energy and emotion of a movement, rather than the shape it forms. This makes it available for everybody to try. I enjoy seeing my work give people the feeling that dance is possible for them – that it is accessible, exciting, moving, and more than anything that it can belong to them, and they feel like they belong in it.” – Hofesh
We have developed a range of opportunities for professionals and emerging professionals to come together, exchange practice and develop their own approaches to dance and performance.
Our regular programme of intensives have been devised for professional dancers.
Led by a team including Associate Artistic Director Bruno Guillore, our dancers and Hofesh. Intensives are between 3 – 5 days of immersion in Hofesh’s fundamental movement principles and repertoire. These popular immersive workshops are open to professional dancers, teachers and dance students on vocational courses who are looking to enrich their practice and training.
Recommended for those over the age of 18+.
Here’s what some of our participants had to say:
“The company gave so much personal feedback and I really grew from this experience in ways that will continue to translate in my own work.”
“The whole experience has been very intense, deep and fulfilling.”
“For such an internationally renowned company, this is one of the fullest, yet lowest cost intensives I have ever done.”
Apprentice Company: Shechter II
In 2018, the apprentice company of Hofesh Shechter Company, Shechter II, was established to provide the opportunity for young artists at the beginning of their performance careers, of salaried work within a professional company context. Now a biennial programme, the Shechter II company for 18-25 year olds offers an extraordinary proximity to the workings and practices of a major international dance company, while at the same time providing the support and underpinning that ensures heightened professional readiness. Company members work directly with Hofesh, the Rehearsal Director and other members of the company to create a new programme of work for extensive national and international touring at world renowned venues. They are also mentored on teaching skills, delivering workshops and participation projects globally, all of which contribute to developing the young artists of our future.
The eight dancers of Shechter II 2018 successfully performed Hofesh Shechter’s SHOW to audiences worldwide, for which they received the 2017 / 2018 Prix de la critique award for Meilleurs Interprètes – Best Performers at Théâtre de la Ville – Paris, where they had 29 sold-out performances over two seasons.
In 2020 the ten international dancers of Shechter II, who were selected from nearly one thousand applicants, will be working together with Hofesh to create a potent new version of his iconic masterpiece Political Mother, POLITICAL MOTHER UNPLUGGED.
You can find out more details of the programme and dancers involved here.