Choreographer and composer Hofesh Shechter is an Associate Artist of Sadler's Wells and his company is Resident Company at Brighton Dome. He made his Royal Ballet debut in 2015 with Untouchable, for which he also co-composed the score. In the 2015/16 Season he co-directs Orphée et Eurydice with John Fulljames.
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
Sadler's Wells, O2 Brixton Academy and Stratford Circus will also stage work by Hofesh Shechter as part of a two-month festival in autumn 2015.
Our quick guide to The Royal Ballet’s mixed programme featuring Hofesh Shechter's debut with the Company and masterpieces by George Balanchine and Kenneth MacMillan.
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