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
28 March 2015
26 March 2015
‘A Stranger in the House’: Hofesh Shechter on the themes of Untouchable, and how ROH audiences will react
25 March 2015
16 February 2015
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