Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Untouchable. It was last on stage 6–17 November 2017 as part of the Autumn 2017/18 season.
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.
News and features
7 November 2017
Audience reactions and press reviews to The Royal Ballet's hotly anticipated triple bill of works from Twyla Tharp, Arthur Pita and Hofesh Shechter.
28 March 2015
What did you think of The Royal Ballet's Mixed Programme featuring works by George Balanchine, Hofesh Shechter and Kenneth MacMillan?
26 March 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.
‘A Stranger in the House’: Hofesh Shechter on the themes of Untouchable, and how ROH audiences will react25 March 2015
The choreographer speaks to journalist Mark Monahan ahead of the premiere of Untouchable, his first work for The Royal Ballet.
16 February 2015
Leading choreographer on creating Untouchable in 2015, his first main stage work at the Royal Opera House, and working with The Royal Ballet.
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.