Hofesh Shechter’s Clowns to be shown on BBC



The internationally acclaimed choreographer Hofesh Shechter is to present his hit show Clowns in a world premiere to be broadcast on BBC Two on 22 September 2018 at 10.30pm, reimagined for the first time on screen in a bold and thrilling new production.

Clowns was commissioned by the BBC as part of the Performance Live strand – a partnership between BBC Arts, Arts Council England and Battersea Arts Centre, showcasing some of the most exciting artists working in performance today. The film was produced by Hofesh Shechter Company and Illuminations.

Shot on location at the iconic Rivoli Ballroom in South London, Clowns is a 30 minute film unlike anything audiences will have seen before.

Directed, choreographed and composed by Hofesh Shechter, Clowns features 10 of his world class dancers playing out a macabre comedy of murder and desire, and asks: how far will we go in the name of entertainment?

The piece combines Hofesh’s bold, exhilarating and tribal choreography with a percussive, cinematic score and the camera gets up close to the exceptionally talented ensemble of dancers.  Coming from 8 different countries, they are Chien-Ming Chang, Frédéric Despierre, Rachel Fallon, Mickaël Frappat, Yeji Kim, Kim Kohlmann, Erion Kruja, Merel Lammers, Attila Ronai, and Diogo Sousa. The associate director is Bruno Guillore.

Shechter’s blackly comic portrayal of this group of murderous clowns was rapturously received at Nederlands Dans Theater in 2016 and was revived in part to great acclaim in the recent production of SHOW performed by Shechter II, the choreographer’s apprentice company.

Following the broadcast on the 22 September, Clowns will be available on BBC iPlayer for 30 days to view.

Clowns premiered 29 April 2016 in a production by Nederlands Dans Theater 1, The Hague, The Netherlands.


Direction, Choreography and Music by Hofesh Shechter

Director of Photography Sebastian Cort

Producer Henny Finch

Producer John Wyver

Commissioning Editor for the BBC Emma Cahusac

Clowns will be broadcast on BBC 2 on 22 September at 10.30pm

It will be available on BBC iPlayer for 30 days