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Hofesh Shechter

Hofesh Shechter photographed by Jake Walters

Hofesh Shechter is recognised as one of the most exciting artists working today, renowned for composing atmospheric musical scores to compliment the unique physicality of his movement. He is Artistic Director of the UK-based Hofesh Shechter Company.

Following his choreographic debut, Fragments, in 2003, Shechter was commissioned by The Place Prize in 2004 to create Cult, winning the Audience Choice Award. This was followed in 2006 by Uprising, a work for seven men that has since been staged on companies around the world. In 2007 The Place, Southbank Centre and Sadler’s Wells Theatre commissioned Shechter to create In your rooms, which earned him the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Choreography (Modern).

In 2008, Shechter formed Hofesh Shechter Company, which has rapidly established an international reputation. Sadler’s Wells subsequently commissioned him to create Uprising/In your rooms: The Choreographer’s Cut (2009), which was performed at London’s iconic Roundhouse. That same year Shechter was commissioned by Brighton Festival to create The Art of Not Looking Back for six female dancers. His first full-length work Political Mother – commissioned by venues in Paris, Lyon, Rome, London and Barcelona – also had its premiere at Brighton Festival in 2010, and a year later he re-visited the work to create Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut, which toured rock venues in Berlin, Montpellier, London, Paris and Hong Kong. Shechter collaborated with Antony Gormley in 2012 to create Survivor for the Barbican Centre. His 2013 work Sun continues to tour extensively after opening at Melbourne Festival. July 2015 saw the premiere of his newest work, a trilogy titled barbarians, at Berliner Festspiele. As part of #HOFEST (2015), a 4 week season showcasing a range of Shechter’s work across four iconic London venues, he premiered Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice, co-directed with John Fulljames, at the Royal Opera House.

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). 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 Shechter created the choreography for Nico Mulhy’s opera Two Boys at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. In 2014 he was Guest Director of Brighton Festival. He premiered a new work Untouchable (2015) for the Royal Ballet, at the Royal Opera House performed to a score co-composed by Hofesh and long-time collaborator, Nell Catchpole. Recently he choreographed Bartlett Sher’s new version of Fiddler on the Roof (2015) on Broadway and he has been nominated for a Tony Award for the production’s choreography. His new creation, Clowns, for Nederlands Dans Theater premiered in April 2016.

Hofesh Shechter was Guest Director of Brighton Festival in 2014 and is an associate artist of Sadler’s Wells Theatre. His Company are a Resident Company at Brighton Dome.


Jake Walters

Why did you choose the photographer you worked with?

I was looking for a photographer to shoot the promotional image for my new work ‘SUN’. Jake was recommended to me and on meeting him, I was excited by his ideas and creative energy. I was impressed by his previous work.  I invited him to Barcelona to shoot the company in rehearsals.

Why did you chose this photograph and composition?

I like the simplicity of this photo.

Hofesh Shechter photographed by Jake Walters
Hofesh Shechter © Jake Walters