"Hofesh Shechter" tag
Candoco Dance Company in Jerome Bel’s The Show Must Go On.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Candoco Dance Company – The Show Must Go On – London

The Sadler’s audience loved this and gave the performers a standing ovation. It was fascinating to see the mix of people that Candoco had recruited…

Nicol Edmonds and Matthew Ball in Joshua Beamish's Burrow.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Draft Works 2015 – London

This year‘s highlight was an exuberant piece from Marcelino Sambé which provided a lively closer to an otherwise rather downbeat programme.

Anne Plamondon and Peter Chu in Crystal Pite's A Picture of You Falling.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

The Associates of Sadler’s Wells: Crystal Pite, Kate Prince, Hofesh Shechter – London

If the brand new works were something of a disappointment then Crystal Pite’s A Picture of You Falling, created on her own company dancers in 2008, was the outstanding hit.

Anne Plamondon in Crystal Pite's A Picture of You Falling.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – The Associates: Crystal Pite, Kate Prince, Hofesh Shechter

Sadler’s Wells puts on a night of dance by 3 of their Associate Artists. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Hofesh Shechter's Uprising.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Uprising, Grace, Revelations – New York

On the 13 December 2014, as the Millions March protest – on the shooting of unarmed African-American men by police – was happening in NY, Shanti Crawford was at City Center seeing Alvin Ailey perform Hofesh Shechter’s Uprising. It really hit home…

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Matthew Rushing's Odetta.© Steve Wilson. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey – Uprising, Suspended Women, Odetta – New York

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is making a big deal out of its premieres this year, but at the company’s “All New” program during its City Center residency, Matthew Rushing’s Odetta was the standout work.

Mats Ek and Ana Laguna in Ek's POTATO.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Elixir Festival: Knowbody bill

Gallery by Dave Morgan… Sadler’s Wells presents its largest celebration of lifelong creativity and the contribution of older artists with the Elixir Festival. The Knowbody bill includes work by Mats Ek, Dominique Mercy, Hofesh Shechter, Sonia Uribe, Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion…

James Finnemore in OH / GLORY.© Jo Forrest. (Click image for larger version)

Resolution! 2014 – Works by léa tirabasso, Anything Goes Collective, James Finnemore – London

And the opening night? Well it was a typical night in many respects – one piece giving cause for hope, another had its fleeting moments and the third wasn’t really ready yet for the big time.

Hofesh Shechter Company in Sun.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Hofesh Shechter Company – Sun – London

There is surely something excellent lurking within this work, the intent of which I have failed to perceive, but I will just have to wait for The Choreographer’s next Cut to get it.

Sam Coren, Bruno Karim Guillore and Philip Hulford in Hofesh Shechter's Sun.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Hofesh Shechter Company in Sun

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Hofesh Shechter Company in Sun.© Leah Robertson. (Click image for larger version)

Hofesh Shechter Company – Sun (world premiere) – Melbourne

Sun is going to be one of those works that sticks with me for a long time…

Hofesh Shechter Company in Political Mother.© Simona Boccedi. (Click image for larger version)

Hofesh Shechter – Political Mother, The Choreographer’s Cut – London

Still, with its thrilling, threatening and ultimately uplifting mood and its rock-gig presentation, Political Mother makes a wholly appropriate closer for Sadler’s audience-grabbing Sampled season.

Sarah Crompton and the Sadler's Wells: Dance House book cover.© Sarah Crompton and Tristram Kenton.

Sarah Crompton, writer & editor, on her book: ‘Sadler’s Wells – Dance House’

5 Questions to Sarah Crompton about her new book “Sadler’s Wells – Dance House”

Hofesh Shechter Company in Uprising.© Andrew Lang, 2007. (Click image for larger version)

Hofesh Shechter Company — Uprising & The Art of Not Looking Back – London

Each revisiting seems to offer up more than the sum of its parts, giving these former works a new and exciting lease of life

Sergei Polunin in Narcisse.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

2012 Dance Memories – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…

Sadler’s Wells – Spring / Summer 2013 Programming

It’s the name of the game that one does not necessarily appreciate all plans (or indeed how they crystallise out in practice) but I have to say that Sadler’s Wells set a benchmark re new work/experiences and for where you want a progressive art to be.

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Place Prize for Dance 2012/13 – Finalists Announced

And the four Finalists are: h2dance (Hannah Gillgren and Heidi Rustgaard), Riccardo Buscarini, Rick Nodine, Eva Recacha. Congrats to all, more details in the press release.

The Place Prize logo. © The Place

The Place Prize 2012/13 – Dance Commissions Announced

The 16 entrants competing for The Place Prize for dance, sponsored by Bloomberg, have been awarded a total commission fund of £100,000.

Hofesh Shechter & Antony Gormley's Survivor. © Tom Medwell.

Hofesh Shechter and Antony Gormley – Survivor – London

As has happened so often before, this collaboration by two individuals who are outstanding innovators in their own art, didn’t quite add up to the sum total of that brilliance.

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