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2010 Event Media Release - Political Mother

Media Release:  2 June, 2010

Hofesh Shechter
Australian premiere of critically acclaimed Political Mother

1 – 4 July, 2010

“Remember the name. Ho-fesh. Shechter. He's more than up and coming: he's arrived” The Independent, UK

“The endlessly evolving choreographic landscape is superbly theatrical, intensely physical. Mr Shechter’s ability to keep you looking, hard, at what he is doing is thrilling.” New York Times

"Political Mother is a marvel of son et lumière, as ambitious and as heads-down, hair-prickingly exhilarating as modern dance gets." The Telegraph, UK

“How often do you see something of the moment, at the edge of hipness, which also has substance, is obviously the product of a serious creative process and stays with you beyond the performance?”
Financial Times (UK)

Sydney Opera House presents one of the UK’s most exciting and inventive new dance ensembles, Hofesh Shechter Dance Company, exclusively at Sydney Opera House from 1 – 4 July.

After the worldwide success of the dramatic and supremely physical Uprising/In your Rooms, Hofesh Shechter makes his Sydney debut, as part of the 2010 Adventure Series, with his new work, Political Mother.

Recently premiered in Brighton Festival, Political Mother has received superlative reviews.

“Part dance show, part heavy-rock gig, Hofesh Shechter's first ever full-length work is an audio-visual marvel. Rating * * * * * The Telegraph, UK.

With a raw and honest physicality, 10 dancers bring to life the emotional, gritty and complex choreography. Shechter’s cinematic score of powerful, percussive dance club grooves is performed live.

Using the idea of mother love, Shechter suggests that nation states, political groups and even advertisers weave this notion into indoctrination culminating in our twisted sense of loyalty which furthers their causes.

“Apocalyptic is a word too loosely used these days, but the 65-minute vortex that is Political Mother left this critic shaking. Like all the best art, trying to pin down a single precise meaning can only diminish it, but this is clearly about war – any war, all war – and the blinding, relationship-splintering impact of it on ordinary human lives.”

Israeli born, but London based, Hofesh Shechter - a graduate of the London Contemporary Dance School and former member of Israel’s Bathsheva Dance Company – is a rising star on the international stage attracting critical acclaim throughout the dance world.

A former drummer in a rock band, Shechter also composes the often intense, live soundtracks which are played at shattering levels creating an atmosphere of heightened emotion and sensation.

In a manner reminiscent of the great Czech choreographer, Jiri Kylian, who pioneered new contemporary choreography reflecting the zeitgeist of the time, Shechter has also captured the hyper-raw physicality reflected in our current culture.

Like Kylian, Shechter also choreographs the smallest of movements to occur at the same time as a small single sound is played serving to magnify the emotion and the intent behind the choreography.

This is the only chance to see the powerful, virtuoso dance work, Political Mother, which is charged with engaging ideas and gripping atmosphere.    
Now in its fifth year, the Sydney Opera House Adventures program continues to present local and international artists and artforms that revitalise the concept of what theatre can be. The performances - adventurous in name and intent - feature actors, dancers, directors, musicians and acrobats in productions that are indisputably fresh, often political and always connected to the pulse of an inquisitive world.

Choreography and Music: Hofesh Shechter.

Cast: Maëva Berthelot, Winifred Burnet-Smith, Chien-Ming Chang, Katherine Cowie, Christopher Evans, Bruno Karim Guillore, Philip Hulford, Jason Jacobs, Sita Ostheimer, Hannah Shepherd

Musicians: Joseph Ashwin, Yaron Engler, Joel Harries, Edward Hoare, Norman Jankowski, James Keane, Vincenzo Lamagna, Andrew Maddick

Lighting Design: Lee Curran; Costume Design: Merle Hensel; Sound Design: Anthony Birch

Season Details                
Date: 1 – 4 July, 2010                         
Tickets: from $39. Duration: 60mins          
Venue: Drama Theatre
Bookings: 02 9250 7777 or

Media Contact:
Claire Vince, Senior Publicist
02 9250 7825 or                  

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