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Watch: Hofesh Shechter in rehearsals with The Royal Ballet

Leading choreographer on creating Untouchable in 2015, his first main stage work at the Royal Opera House, and working with The Royal Ballet.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

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.’

Read an interview with Hofesh about creating his first work with The Royal Ballet.

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.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

16 February 2015 at 11.49am

This article has been categorised Dance and tagged Ballet, by Hofesh Shechter, Dance, Hofesh Shechter, Mixed Programme, New hofesh shechter, Production, Royal Ballet, The Four Temperaments New Hofesh Shechter Song of the Earth, Untouchable

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  1. Tancredi responded on 24 September 2017 at 4:20pm Reply

    Hofesh Schechter. A must to avoid. Much as I love Song of the Earth, I could not sit through Schechter again. To make it worse, his fans began walking out in the course of Das Lied..

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