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Hofesh Shechter

Festival of Ideas


Monday 6 May 2019
3 — 4pm

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Hofesh Shechter

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Internationally-acclaimed dancer, choreographer and composer Hofesh Shechter talks about his work and how it feels to be an artist in a highly politicised world.

Hofesh Shechter grew up in Israel and moved to London in 2002. His pioneering work has often been described as a new type of performance: part dance, part gig, part theatre. Shechter talks with writer and broadcaster Sarah Crompton about why he established his own company, his mission to create bold and ambitious work and the importance of nurturing the next generation of dancers.

Hofesh Shechter founded his company in 2008, and ten years later, the company’s first dance film, Hofesh Shechter’s Clowns, was broadcast by the BBC to great acclaim. Shechter choreographs for dance, theatre, television and opera. He was the choreographer for Orphee and Eurydice at the Royal Opera House (2015), Saint Joan at the National Theatre (2007) and Skins for Channel 4 (2008).

His latest piece, Grand Finale evokes a world at odds with itself, full of anarchic energy and violent comedy. In 2018, Hofesh Shechter was awarded an honorary OBE for Services to Dance.

This event will be followed by an audience Q&A.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Monday 6 May 2019

3 — 4pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£15, £9