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Hofesh Shechter is an Israeli-born choreographer, dancer, and composer who has made a significant impact on the contemporary dance world. He is known for his unique style that blends contemporary dance with elements of traditional Israeli folk dance, as well as his original music compositions that often accompany his performances.

Shechter was born in Jerusalem in 1975 and began his dance training at a young age. He later moved to Tel Aviv to study at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, where he developed his skills as a dancer and musician. After graduating, he joined the Batsheva Dance Company, one of Israel's most renowned dance companies, where he quickly rose through the ranks to become a principal dancer.

In 2003, Shechter moved to London to pursue his career as a choreographer and formed his own dance company, the Hofesh Shechter Company. He quickly gained recognition for his unique style and was commissioned to create works for some of the world's most prestigious dance companies, including the Royal Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Shechter's choreography is known for its raw energy, intense physicality, and use of repetition. His works often explore themes of violence, power, and humanity's darker impulses. Some of his most notable works include "Uprising," which features a group of dancers moving in unison to a pulsing beat, and "Political Mother," a large-scale work that incorporates live music and explores themes of political oppression.

In addition to his work as a choreographer, Shechter is also an accomplished composer. He often creates original music to accompany his dance works, and his music has been featured in films, television shows, and commercials. Some of his most notable music compositions include the score for the film "Disobedience" and the music for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

Shechter's work has earned him numerous awards and accolades. In 2008, he was named a "Rising Star" by The Observer, and in 2009, he was awarded the Critics' Circle National Dance Award for Best Choreography. He has also been awarded the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production twice, for "Political Mother" in 2010 and "Sun" in 2019.

Most recently, Shechter premiered his latest work, "Double Murder," at the Brighton Festival in May 2021. The piece explores themes of violence and power and features a cast of eight dancers performing to a live score composed by Shechter. The work received critical acclaim, with The Guardian calling it "a thrilling, visceral experience."

Hofesh Shechter's unique style and innovative approach to dance have made him one of the most sought-after choreographers working today. His work continues to push the boundaries of contemporary dance and inspire audiences around the world.

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FOR ENGLAND WITH LOVE Will Embark on UK Tour and Make UK Premiere This Year

Hofesh Shechter Company has announced the full UK tour dates for From England with Love, the compelling new work from the renowned choreographer performed by his prestigious company, Shechter II.

Olivia Ansell Named Artistic Director of Luminato Festival Toronto

Luminato Festival Toronto announces Olivia Ansell as the new Artistic Director. Ansell, an accomplished arts curator, will present her inaugural festival program in June 2025.

Indira Varma and Rami Malek to Star in OEDIPUS in London in 2025

The Old Vic has announced the world premiere of Ella Hickson’s Oedipus, starring Academy Award winner Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody, No Time To Die) and Olivier Award winner Indira Varma (Present Laughter, Game of Thrones).

Martha Graham Dance Company To Present Spring 2024 New York Season At City Center, April 17-20

The Martha Graham Dance Company presents their Spring 2024 New York Season, featuring Graham masterworks, a new 'Rodeo,' and a New York premiere by Jamar Roberts. Don't miss this celebration of American legacies at New York City Center from April 17-20, 2024.

Los Angeles-Based Contemporary Dance Company BODYTRAFFIC To Perform At Queens Theatre

BODYTRAFFIC, a Los Angeles-based contemporary dance company, will be performing at Queens Theatre from January 13-14, 2023. Led by Artistic Director Tina Finkelman Berkett, the company will showcase four expressive pieces that captivate audiences with their extraordinary dancers and diverse choreography.

Hofesh Shechter Company Reveals 2024 Cohort For The Shechter II Company Performing FROM ENGLAND WITH LOVE

Hofesh Shechter Company has announced the eight dancers selected to join the prestigious company Shechter II. The selected dancers represent the very best of the next generation of contemporary dance artists and will be performing in Hofesh Shechter's compelling new work, From England with Love.

VIDEO: Watch The Royal Ballet Celebrate The Legacy of Nijinska with Extended Insight

The Royal Ballet has released the full video from an extended Insight to celebrate the innovative creative genius of Bronislava Nijinska. In an afternoon of illustrated talks, panel discussion, and rehearsals, this event examined the powerful legacy of a choreographer much neglected in the history of 20th-century dance. Watch the video here!

The Royal Ballet to Perform at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival for the First Time in 2024

The Royal Ballet of the United Kingdom, will appear at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival for the first time, as the company's sole stop in the United States in 2024.

Kate Sumpter's One-Woman Show SPIN Makes London Premiere in January

3 hearts canvas, the producers of hit show Smoke at Southwark Playhouse, bring their one-woman show, SPIN, to the Arcola Theatre in January, following an acclaimed and sell-out run in Edinburgh this summer.

Martha Graham Dance Company to Host Open Rehearsal for ERRAND INTO THE MAZE and CAVE Next Month

The Martha Graham Dance Company will present an open rehearsal of 'Errand into the Maze' and 'CAVE' on October 9, 2023. Get event and ticket information here!

Harbourfront Centre Launches 2023/24 Torque Season with Canadian Premiere of Fouad Boussouf's NASS

Torque, Harbourfront Centre’s esteemed international contemporary dance series, celebrates the launch of its fifth season with an electrifying line-up of international and Canadian choreographers. Learn more about the upcoming performance and how to get tickets here!

Istanbul Theatre Festival Reveals Programme For 27th Edition

Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and supported by Koç Holding Energy Group Companies Aygaz, Entek, Opet, and Tüpraş, the 27th Istanbul Theatre Festival opens its curtains on 25 October with a packed programme.

Royal Academy of Dance and Rambert Grades Expand Collaboration Globally

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Rambert Grades have announced the expansion of their collaboration globally. Together they introduce an opportunity to dance students and teachers across the world with Rambert Grades, a progressive and inclusive contemporary dance syllabus created by two of the world's leading contemporary dance organisations: Rambert School and Rambert (dance company).

Martha Graham Dance Company Reveals 2023�"2024 Studio Series

The Martha Graham Dance Company’s 2023–2024 Studio Series will feature seven events, including the popular NEW@Graham, which provides audiences with a look inside the creative process of new works commissioned by the Company, and GrahamDeconstructed, which offers audiences an opportunity to view the great Graham works up close and to hear about the artistic and historical context of their creation from Artistic Director Janet Eilber.

Martha Graham Dance Company Performs in Week 8 of the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

In the eighth week of the 2023 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the world-renowned Martha Graham Dance Company will perform Graham’s Cave of the Heart and Errand Into the Maze, and Hofesh Shechter’s CAVE, in the Ted Shawn Theatre from Aug. 16-20.

New Film Celebrates 10 Years of National Youth Dance Company; Oona Doherty is Announced as Next Guest Artistic Director

Sadler’s Wells has released a film on Digital Stage celebrating the first 10 years of National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) and announced that acclaimed choreographer Oona Doherty will be Guest Artistic Director for 2023/24.

Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart to Return to Jacob's Pillow in July

In the third week of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2023, Germany-based Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart will return to Jacob’s Pillow, July 12-16.

The Royal Ballet to Celebrate Wayne Sleep's 75th Birthday at the Royal Opera House

This July, the Royal Opera House will host a unique event celebrating the 75th birthday of former Royal Ballet Principal dancer, and celebrity of stage and screen, Wayne Sleep.

Bad Hats/Soulpepper's ALICE IN WONDERLAND Leads Dora Award Nominations

At a press conference held at Meridian Hall, the Toronto Alliance for the  Performing Arts (TAPA) announced 228 nominations for the 43rd Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, which recognize excellence in professional theatre, dance and opera in Toronto for the 2022-2023 season. Also announced at the press conference was the recipient of the Province of Ontario’s Pauline McGibbon Award. 

Dallas Black Dance Academy Produces Disciplined Professionals

As Dallas Black Dance Academy prepares to launch its 50th season in June, it continues a legacy of producing disciplined professionals in a spectrum of industries including dance. Since 2012, every senior in the academy has graduated from high school and gone on to attend college. 

Hofesh Shechter FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Hofesh Shechter has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. He was nominated for Best New Dance Production at the Olivier Awards for his work on "Grand Finale." Additionally, he received a nomination for Best Choreography at the Tony Awards for his work on "Fiddler on the Roof." These nominations highlight his talent and recognition in the dance and theater industry.

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