First Look: SHOW performed by Shechter II

SHOW

The Entrance • Clowns • Exit

Choreography and Music by Hofesh Shechter

Original Lighting (Clowns) by Lee Curran

Lighting Design (SHOW) by Richard Godin

Performed by Shechter II

8 to 12 May at Lyric Hammersmith, London

Hofesh Shechter Company presents SHOW, a wild and mischievous performance composed of three acts: The Entrance, Clowns and Exit, performed by Shechter II, the apprentice company of the celebrated choreographer, for dancers aged 18-25.

The production will embark on an extensive international tour to leading venues in Italy, France and Luxembourg before receiving its UK premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith on Tuesday 8 May, where it will play six performances only, before travelling to Belfast, Ipswich, Kent, Manchester and Southampton. The Shechter II dancers will also participate in the company’s previously announced East Wall at the Tower of London in July.

Combining Hofesh’s bold, exhilarating and tribal choreography with a pulsating score, SHOW revolves around a group of anarchic performers as they play their parts in a macabre circus of comedy, murder and desire.

SHOW offers a bitingly comic vision of a topsy-turvy world where fools can be kings and kings fools, performed in the company’s unique and unforgettable theatre-dance-rock-gig style. Clowns originally debuted to rapturous acclaim at Nederlands Dans Theater in 2016 and now returns alongside new material by Hofesh Shechter.

Over 1,000 dancers auditioned for Shechter II and the final eight, drawn from the most inspiring young talent across the world, represent the very best of the next generation of contemporary dancers. They are Riley Wolf (UK), Juliette Valerio (France), Zunnur Sazali (Singapore), Adam Khazhmuradov (Belgium), Natalia Gabrielczyk (Poland), Emma Farnell-Watson (UK), Robinson Cassarino (France) and Neal Maxwell (Switzerland).

Shechter II builds on Hofesh Shechter Company’s firm commitment to nurturing young artists. Few up-and- coming dancers have the chance to perform in different spaces to different audiences supported by an experienced creative and technical team. Shechter II allows dancers at the early stages of their career the opportunity to be mentored by long-standing HSC members and have access to world-renowned venues and the stability of an apprentice salary.

Produced by Hofesh Shechter Company. Clowns was originally commissioned by NDT (2016).

SHOW is produced in association with HOME Manchester and Lyric Hammersmith, and received production support from Fondazione I Teatri Reggio Emilia and a production residency at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton.