Hofesh Shechter: SHOW

World renowned director and choreographer Hofesh Schechter brings his latest work to the Gulbenkian!

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Coming to the Gulbenkian this Thursday and Friday is the internationally-acclaimed Hofesh Shechter who purport to have, single-handedly, invented a new genre of art. Described as “part dance, part gig, part theatre and wholly original”, the unique flavour of Schechter promises to be a must-watch showing.

A wild and wicked dance performance that explores the deeper, darker states of mind that we all have hidden in our subconscious and having curated some of the most inspiring, jaw-dropping talent from across the world – France, Russia, England, you name it – their latest show, coincidentally named, SHOW will raise hell.

Performed over three acts, the hot and vibrant talent of Hofesh Shechter Company puts the bold musical score to piece with a fast paced, heart racing, tribal choreography in order to create an atmosphere of self-questioning; inviting us to explore our deepest hopes and desires while encouraging to talk to about who we are and embrace our sense of being to the fullest.

A natural attraction to the wicked, to the perverse of society, is exploited by this ground-breaking production company who offer up a dark, humorous observation on the rollercoaster ride that is life, with a disturbing commentary on the futility of life – ultimately concluding on the sheer irony of it all.

Described by Vogue as “one of the sharpest, most daring choreographers / composers working today”, the work of Shechter has long been well received and the Israeli directors work has recently been showcased on BBC Two with a tantalising carrot dangled in front of the viewing public to really whet the appetite.

Not just appealing to the lovers of dance, the lovers of art and theatre, this performance has a hard-core philosophical twist to it, how far will we go in the name of entertainment? It is 60 minutes of constant questions, constant “what if’s?”, it makes you think and it makes your brain tick; this isn’t just a performance, this is an experience.

Almost intimidating in areas, the second act – Clowns – went down to rapturous acclaim when it debuted in 2016 and the added material has managed to enhance the piece exponentially. Described by The Stage as “absorbing and exhilarating mix of low-hipped simian loping, twitching wrists and kibbutznik folk steps”, pretty much nothing is off limits in this explosive, dynamic, show-stopping spectacular from the world leaders, the trailblazers, in dance entertainment.

And that’s putting it mildly – Thursday 27th and Friday 28th, 7.30pm, at the Gulbenkian Theatre. What more needs to be said?

Oliver McManus

Guest Contributor

Student at Canterbury College.