Hofesh Shechter Company presents Shechter II (UK)

Contemporary Dance 2.0

celebrated choreographer
fiercely energetic
International guest performance

A PART OF MOVE YOUR MIND FESTIVAL

A rhythmic, fiercely energetic and exhilarating performance from celebrated choreographer Hofesh Shechter and his award-winning company Shechter II. In a work that is dipped in ironic references to pop culture and making a playful take on Shechter’s own art form, in Contemporary Dance 2.0 only one thing is certain, the dancers do it their way.

A rhythmic, fiercely energetic and exhilarating performance from celebrated choreographer Hofesh Shechter and his award winning company Shechter II. “Contemporary Dance 2.0” unleashes the intensity of Shechter’s signature ensemble work combined with an eclectic sound-score with euphoric feel and throbbing beats.

In a work that is dipped in ironic references to pop culture and making a playful take on Shechter’s own art form, in Contemporary Dance 2.0 only one thing is certain, the dancers do it their way. Inspired by the original production created for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani in 2019 “Contemporary Dance 2.0” is re-imagined by Shechter II, the very best of the next generation of world-class performers aged 18-25.

PRESS QUOTES

ABOUT “CONTEMPORARY DANCE 2.0”

“Furious energy is pumped out over the dance floor.”
– Svenska dagbladet

 

ABOUT HOFESH SHECHTER

“The mighty contemporary choreographer – a combination of dance-maker and rock-star, but with film-director sensibilities.”
– The Times

“One of the British dance scene’s hottest properties, the creator of works that are full of raw, visceral energy, set to blasting percussive scores that he composes himself.”
– New York Times

“There is no sitting in thoughtful contemplation at a Shechter gig. For pure, heart- pounding excitement, there is simply no one to touch him.”
– Daily Express

“Getting goose bumps is the very least you can expect from a Hofesh Shechter show.”
– Le Monde

About Hofesh Shechter Company and Shechter II

Hofesh Shechter Company presents Contemporary Dance 2.0 performed by Shechter II, the acclaimed apprentice company of the celebrated choreographer for dancers aged 18-25. The eight dancers of Shechter II, representing the very best of the next generation of international, contemporary artists, have been selected from over 1000 auditionees to join the 2022 development programme. They are Tristan Carter (Australia), Cristel de Frankrijker (The Netherlands), Justine Gouache (France), Zakarius Harry (UK), Alex Haskins (USA), Oscar Jinghu Li (UK), Keanah Faith Simin (The Netherlands), Chanel Vyent (The Netherlands) Their production Contemporary Dance 2.0 premiered at Teatro Comunale Città di Vicenza on 23 March 2022, before playing at Théâtre de la Ville – Les Abbesses, Paris with 11 performances from 31 March – 10 April*

Inspired by Shechter’s original production created in 2019 for the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani and re-imagined by Shechter II, Contemporary Dance 2.0 is set to an eclectic sound-score of club-like euphoria, throbbing beats, pulsating hip hop, folk, Bach and jazz. Shechter serves up the intensity of his signature ensemble work, yet dipped in ironic references to pop culture, it’s a playful take on his own art form.

Contemporary Dance 2.0 is produced by Hofesh Shechter Company and co-commissioned by Düsseldorf Festival!, Espace 1789 Saint-Ouen, with production support from Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Teatro Comunale Città di Vicenza, and a production residency at Arts Depot, London Hofesh Shechter Company gratefully receives support towards the delivery of Shechter II 2022, which includes core funding from John Ellerman Foundation. Hofesh Shechter Company is supported using public funding through Arts Council England and benefits from the support of BNP Paribas Foundation for the development of its projects.

About Hofesh Shechter Company and Shechter II

Credits

Choreography and Music Hofesh Shechter

Lighting Design Tom Visser

Original Costume Design Osnat Kelner

Dancers: Tristan Carter (Australia), Cristel de Frankrijker (The Netherlands), Justine Gouache (France), Zakarius Harry (UK), Alex Haskins (USA), Oscar Jinghu Li (UK), Keanah Faith Simin (The Netherlands) & Chanel Vyent (The Netherlands)

Additional Music Frank Sinatra, Claude François, Jacques Revaux and Paul Anka. J S Bach