16 February 2015 at 11.49am | 1 Comment
‘The cultural weight of this house is interesting to me as an artist because I’m having a conversation with the audience’, says choreographer and composer Hofesh Shechter, who created his first work for The Royal Ballet in 2015. The one-act piece was given its premiere on 27 March 2015 as part of a mixed programme with George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments and Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth.
Aware that the piece might be programmed alongside classical or heritage pieces, Hofesh said, 'It is a very different work. I hope the audience embraces something new, something exciting and something that shifts the energy in the house a little bit.’
Hofesh's Untouchable was created for 20 Royal Ballet dancers and – as well as choreographing – his duties on the production included co-composing a score for 50 orchestra members with Nell Catchpole.
‘I started with a very basic image – a lot of people on stage and the feeling that the piece is always evolving, moving from control to out of control. It has an oceanic feel to it, and a fluidity.’
Of working with The Royal Ballet he says: ‘My movement style is very different. In ballet everything is "up", but in my work everything is "down", and fluid and round’, he says. ‘I’m trying to invite them into my world but also step a little bit towards them. What they can do with their bodies is amazing – I want to see how it can connect with my style and maybe we can create a bit of a hybrid.’
Untouchable is revived in the 2017/18 Season alongside two world premieres: Twyla Tharp's The Illustrated Farewell and Arthur Pita's The Wind. The Illustrated 'Farewell' / The Wind / Untouchable opens on 6 November 2017 and runs until 17 November 2017. Tickets are still available.
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Hofesh Shechter's Untouchable is staged with generous philanthropic support from Georgia Rosengarten.