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, and his Royal Opera debut later the same year, co-directing 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), Political Mother (2010), Political Mother: the Choreographer’s Cut (2011), Survivor (2012, a collaboration with Antony Gormley at the Barbican), Sun (2013) and barbarians (2015). In summer 2014 he was Guest Director of Brighton Festival and in autumn 2015 he won the Groucho Club’s Maverick Award.
Shechter has also worked as a choreographer in theatre, television and opera, with engagements including Simon Stephens’s Motortown (2006) and The Arsonists (2007) for the Royal Court, Saint Joan (2007) for the National Theatre and Fiddler on the Roof (2015) on broadway.
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