Hofesh Shechter (Jerusalem, 1975) is one of the UK’s most exciting artists, recognized as both a choreographer and composer. He set up his own international touring company in 2008. This season NDT 1 presents his full evening double bill Uprising/In your rooms (2008) in Programma IV. Shechter is an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells in London and Hofesh Shechter Company is Resident Company at Brighton Dome. His works have been taken into the repertory of many UK and international dance companies including Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York), Carte Blanche Dance Company (Norway), Bern Ballett (Switzerland), Scottish Dance Theatre (UK) and CandoCo (UK).
Shechter graduated from the Jerusalem Academy for Dance and Music before moving to Tel Aviv to join the Batsheva Dance Company. Here he worked with artistic director Ohad Naharin and choreographers including Wim Vandekeybus, Paul Selwyn-Norton, Tero Saarinen and Inbal Pinto. Shechter began drum and percussion studies whilst in Tel Aviv and continued later in Paris at the Agostiny College of Rhythm. Subsequently, he began experimenting and developing his own music while participating in various projects in Europe involving dance, theatre and body-percussion. In 2002 Shechter arrived in the UK.
His choreographic debut, Fragments, immediately attracted international attention and in 2004 Shechter was commissioned by The Place Prize to create the sextet, Cult. The work was one of five selected finalists and was announced winner of the Audience Choice Award. From 2004 to 2006 Shechter was Associate Artist at The Place and was commissioned by the Robin Howard Foundation to create Uprising. The works formed the triple bill deGENERATION, Hofesh’s first full evening of work.
In 2007 London’s three major dance venues, The Place, Southbank Centre and Sadler’s Wells, collaborated on a unique producing venture, commissioning Hofesh to create In Your Rooms which was presented at all three venues in 2007 and culminated in sell-out shows at Sadler’s Wells. In Your Rooms was nominated for a South Bank Show Award and won the Critics’ Circle Award for best modern choreography in 2008.
In 2008, in response to popular demand Hofesh formed Hofesh Shechter Company and it embarked on its first world tour. Since then the company can be found performing throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America, Australia and the Middle East, reaching audiences in many of the world’s leading dance venues.
In 2009 Hofesh Shechter Company produced its first Choreographer’s Cut – commissioned by Sadler’s Wells and performed at The Roundhouse. Shechter reworked his acclaimed double bill Uprising/In Your Rooms to feature a band of 20 musicians alongside a company of 17 dancers. Also in 2009 Hofesh was commissioned by Brighton Festival to create the The Art of Not Looking Back, which was inspired by and made for 6 female dancers.
In 2010 his first full-length work Political Mother premiered at the Brighton Festival, winning 5 star reviews and subsequently embarking on an extensive international tour.
In 2011 Hofesh created a Choreographer’s Cut for Political Mother, featuring over 40 performers which returned to Sadler’s Wells in 2013. Shechter also collaborated with Antony Gormley on Survivor commissioned by the Barbican and reaching sell-out audiences for its run in 2012. Next year, Hofesh will unveil his next major creation co-produced by partners around the world and already set to go on a worldwide tour until the summer of 2014.
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) directed by Marianne Elliot and starring Anne Marie Duff. 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 Hofesh collaborates with Metropolitan Opera, New York.