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Just announced: #Hofest puts the moshing back into contemporary dance

Posted at 5:30 pm, April 27, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
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If you’ve ever thought that contemporary dance is all about weirdly coloured leotards and plinky plonky off-key music, then you’ve probably never seen a performance by Israeli-born rock music-loving dance man Hofesh Shechter. His 2010 show ‘Political Mother’ is an exhilarating, intense burst of music and dance, where a rock band and a load of huge thumping drums accompany the dancers who move with a tribal, repetitive rhythm. It’s loud. It’s very, very loud. And it’s unlike anything else you’ll see on the London dance scene.

How great then, that ‘Political Mother’ is returning as part of a series of shows choreographed and created by Shechter, all falling under the umbrella title #Hofest (see what they did there?). ‘Political Mother’ will be performed at the O2 Academy in Brixton on October 7 and 8, where the mosh-pit will likely get raucous.

But far from leaving established dance venues behind, Shechter is also embracing the likes of the Royal Opera House, making his opera directorial debut with a new production of Gluck’s ‘Orphee et Eurydice’ (Sep 14–Oct 3) and Sadler’s Wells with a new trilogy ‘Barbarians’ (Sep 18–25). As well as the main strand of performances, Shechter will be busy staging a piece by his apprentice company Shechter Junior, workshops and interactive events all over London this autumn. So there’s plenty of opportunity to entirely re-adjust your view of contemporary dance.

For more information head to hofesh.co.uk/hofest.

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