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Renowned choreographer Hofesh Shechter brings his Shechter II company to the Lyric Hammersmith

Lyric Hammersmith

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THROUGHOUT 2018, Hofesh Shechter Company will tour a powerful double-bill comprising of the rarely seen Clowns and a brand new companion piece as yet untitled, performed by Shechter II, their apprentice company for dancers aged 18-25.

Following the success of Shechter Junior in 2015, Hofesh Shechter Company’s award-winning apprentice company returns as Shechter II. 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 Khazmuradov (Belgium), Natalia Gabrielczyk (Poland), Emma Farnell-Watson (UK), Robinson Cassarino (France) and Neal Maxwell (Switzerland).

The productions will embark on an extensive international tour to leading venues in Italy, France and Luxembourg before receiving their UK premiere at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith on Tuesday, May 8, where it will play six performances only, before travelling to Belfast, Manchester, Southampton, with other autumn tour dates to be announced.

Shechter’s blackly comic portrayal of a group of anarchic clowns was rapturously received at Nederlands Dans Theater in 2016, and he now creates a brand new companion piece to sit alongside it. With its razor-sharp lighting and pulsating score, Shechter’s work has the energy of a rock gig combined with beautiful, moving choreography.

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).

Lyric Hammersmith Dates: May 8 to May 12, 2018.