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Hofesh Shechter’s Sun

27 August 2014 – 30 August 2014

Venue: Drama Theatre  View Seat Map
Presented by: Sydney Opera House

A PERFECT WORLD OF EXPLOSIVE, EARTH-SHATTERING DANCE

Limited standing room now available

Description

Hofesh Shechter, one of the UK's most exciting contemporary artists, is bringing his hotly anticipated new work Sun, to the Sydney Opera House this August.  Following on from the phenomenal success of Political Mother in 2009, Shechter's Sun continues to push the boundaries of contemporary dance. 
Hofesh Shechter, one of the UK's most exciting contemporary artists, is bringing his hotly anticipated new work Sun, to the Sydney Opera House this August.  Following on from the phenomenal success of Political Mother in 2009, Shechter's Sun continues to push the boundaries of contemporary dance.

With a team of internationally acclaimed dancers and an eclectic soundtrack that includes original music by Shechter himself,
Sun is a powerful piece of  contemporary dance from this emerging master.

From the darkness of Shechter's emotive and often angry world emerges a bright white light dancing out of the smoke and chaos - a perfect world of explosive, earth-shattering dance. Shechter's choreography embraces frenetic abandon and his signature understated intricacy in a work that confronts the pastoral horror of colonialism with a hint of sharp humour.

Sun is
produced and performed by Hofesh Shechter Company and commissioned by Bruno Wang. Sun is supported by The Columbia Foundation fund of the London Community Foundation.

Sun
 is co-commissioned by Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, Sadler's Wells London, Melbourne Festival, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre de la Ville - Paris, Festspielhaus St Pölten (including a working residency), Berliner Festspiele - Foreign Affairs, Roma Europa, with co-production support from Mercat de les Flors and the Theatre Royal Plymouth.
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Artist Information

HOFESH SHECHTER
Choreography and Music

Hofesh Shechter is recognised as one of the UK's most exciting artists and is renowned for composing the musical scores for his dance creations with his raw, atmospheric music complimenting his Company's unique physicality.

HOFESH SHECHTER
Choreography and Music

Hofesh Shechter is recognised as one of the UK's most exciting artists and is renowned for composing the musical scores for his dance creations with his raw, atmospheric music complimenting his Company's unique physicality.

Hofesh graduated from the Jerusalem Academy for Dance and Music before moving to Tel Aviv to join the world renowned Batsheva Dance Company, where he worked with artistic director Ohad Naharin and other choreographers including Wim Vandekeybus, Paul Selwyn-Norton, Tero Saarinen, and Inbal Pinto. Hofesh began drum and percussion studies whilst in Tel Aviv and continued later in Paris at the Agostiny College of Rhythm. Subsequently, he began experimenting and developing his own music while participating in various projects in Europe involving dance, theatre and body-percussion. In 2002 Hofesh arrived in the UK.

His choreographic debut
, Fragments, for which he also created the score, immediately attracted international attention and in 2004 Hofesh was commissioned by The Place Prize to create the sextet, Cult. The work was one of five selected finalists and was announced winner of the Audience Choice Award. From 2004 to 2006 Hofesh was Associate Artist at The Place and was commissioned by the Robin Howard Foundation to create Uprising. The three works formed the triple bill deGENERATION, Hofesh's first full evening of work.

In 2007 London's three major dance venues, The Place, Southbank Centre and Sadler's Wells, collaborated on a unique producing venture, commissioning Hofesh to create
In your rooms which was presented at all three venues in 2007 and culminated in sell-out shows at Sadler's Wells Theatre. In your rooms was nominated for a South Bank Show Award and won the Critics' Circle Award for best choreography (modern) in 2008.

In 2008, in response to popular demand Hofesh formed Hofesh Shechter Company and the Company embarked on its first world tour.  Since then the Company can be found performing throughout Europe, Asia, North America and Australia and reaching audiences in many of the world's leading dance venues. 

Recent tours have included South America and the Middle East with the global appetite for Shechter's work continuing with his later creations.

Now under the banner of Hofesh Shechter Company, in 2009 Hofesh produced his first The Choreographer's Cut - commissioned by Sadler's Wells and performed at The Roundhouse. He reworked his acclaimed double bill
Uprising/In your rooms to feature a band of 20 musicians alongside a company of 17 dancers. Also in 2009 Hofesh was commissioned by Brighton Festival in 2009 to create the "exquisitely acrimonious" The Art of Not Looking Back (The Observer, 2009) which was inspired by and made for six female dancers. In May 2010 his first full-length work Political Mother premiered at the Brighton Festival, winning 5 star reviews from all the major national press and subsequently embarking on an extensive international tour, further cementing the Company's reputation.

2011 saw the second time Hofesh created a 'Choreographer's Cut' of his work, this time for
Political Mother - the result was 'a howling beast of a dance show' (Metro), featuring over 40 performers and which returns to Sadler's Wells in July 2013. Shechter collaborated with Antony Gormley on Survivor commissioned by the Barbican and reaching sell-out audiences for its run in January 2012. In 2013 Hofesh unveiled his latest major creation, Sun, co-produced by partners around the world and touring worldwide until the summer of 2014.

Alongside his work for Hofesh Shechter Company, Hofesh's works have been taken into the repertory of many UK and international dance companies including Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York), Carte Blanche Dance Company (Norway), Bern Ballett (Switzerland), Scottish Dance Theatre (UK), CandoCo (UK) and Nederland Dans Theater (The Netherlands).

He has also worked as a choreographer in theatre, television and opera notably at The Royal Court Theatre for
Motortown by Simon Stephens (2006), The Arsonists (2007), and for the National Theatre's award winning production of Saint Joan (2007) directed by Marianne Elliot and starring Anne Marie Duff. In television Hofesh choreographed the hit dance sequence 'Maxxie's Dance' for the opening of the second series of Channel 4's popular drama Skins.  In 2013 Hofesh collaborated with Metropolitan Opera, New York on Nicol Mulhy's Opera Two Boys and this year he is Guest Director of Brighton Festival 2014. In March 2015 Hofesh will be choreographing a piece on The Royal Ballet which will premiere at the Royal Opera House, London.

Hofesh is an Associate Artist of Sadler's Wells and Hofesh Shechter Company is Resident Company at Brighton Dome.

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Pricing Information

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.

Standard $39 - $79
*Concession $39.20 - $47.20
Under 30 $30
Insiders $39.20 - $63.20
Matinee Performance $39
Standing Room $30
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Performance Dates

Lockout applies - Latecomers not admitted
This production uses theatrical haze / smoke. Sound levels are loud

Age recommendation: 14 +

Thursday matinee will be followed by a post-show discussion with Hofesh Shechter

Reviews

"He's still the only dance-maker on earth even attempting shows this eye-poppingly packed with wit,energy and ambition...."  - ****The Telegraph, UK

"Shechter's complex, arresting choreography is magnificent"
- theguardian.co.uk

"Shechter unleashes primal energies in that gut-wrenching, non-specific language where dance speaks the loudest
" - Brisbane Times

"a powerful, deliberately unstable and wholly absorbing work"
- ABC Arts 

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