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Untouchable

6–17 November 2017
Main Stage

Hofesh Shechter’s first work for a major ballet company – a powerful piece for the corps de ballet – receives its first revival.

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Background

First performed in 2015, Untouchable is the first work for a major ballet company by the multi-award-winning Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter – a Royal Ballet project The Guardian called ‘a milestone commission’. He subverted the hierarchies of traditional ballet and created Untouchable on a 20-strong corps de ballet, who slink and judder through highly energized movement – a fascinating new language born from a marriage of two very different dance styles.

Shechter almost always composes his own music for his dance pieces; his music, strongly influenced by his percussionist training, is as explosive as his dance. Untouchable is no different, its pounding score co-composed by Schechter and his regular collaborator Nell Catchpole. Added to this, Untouchable sets individual dancers against densely regimented ensemble sequences, and reflects current themes of identity, nationhood and alienation.

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