Choreographer and composer Hofesh Shechter is an Associate Artist of Sadler's Wells and his company is Resident Company at Brighton Dome. He makes his Royal Ballet debut in the 2014/15 Season with a new one-act work for the Company.
Shechter was born in Jerusalem and studied at the Jerusalem Academy for Dance and Music, graduating into the Batsheva Dance Company. He studied drum and percussion in Tel Aviv and Paris and moved to the UK in 2002. His choreographic debut, Fragments (2003), led to a commission from The Place Prize to create Cult (2004, Audience Choice Award). Shechter was an Associate Artist of The Place 2004–06, where his works included Uprising (2006). In your rooms (2008), a commission from The Place, Southbank Centre and Sadler's Wells, was nominated for a Southbank Show Award and won the Critics' Circle Award for Best Choreography (modern). He formed the Hofesh Shechter Company in 2008. Other works include Uprising/In your rooms: the Choreographer's Cut (2009), The Art of Not Looking Back (2009, Brighton Festival), Political Mother (2010, Brighton Festival), Political Mother: the Choreographer's Cut (2011), Survivor (2012, a collaboration with Antony Gormley at the Barbican) and Sun (2013). In summer 2014 he was Guest Director of Brighton Festival.
Shechter also choreographs for theatre, television and opera, credits including Two Boys (2013) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
News and features
Hofesh Shechter on creating his first work for The Royal Ballet –‘I look forward to showing them different areas and energies in the body’
5 December 2014
The Israeli choreographer and composer on creating his first work for the Company.
31 March 2014
Details of The Royal Ballet's 2014/15 Season have been announced.
28 March 2014
Kasper Holten’s new production of Karol Szymanowski’s Król Roger opens in the Spring Season. Royal Ballet highlights include Frederick Ashton’s English classic La Fille mal gardée, and a new work by leading choreographer Hofesh Shechter.