Clowns

Director, choreographer & composer: Hofesh Shechter

Performed by: Hofesh Shechter Company

Dancers: Chien-Ming Chang, Frédéric Despierre, Rachel Fallon, Mickaël Frappat, Yeji Kim, Kim

Kohlmann, Erion Kruja, Merel Lammers, Attila Ronai & Diogo Sousa

Costume designer: Christina Cunningham

Director of photography: Sebastian Cort

Editor: Todd MacDonald

Producer: Henny Finch

Producer: John Wyver

Duration: 28 minutes 21 seconds

Hofesh Shechter’s “Clowns” is a dance film that plays out a macabre comedy of murder and desire, asking how far we will go in the name of entertainment. Directed, choreographed and composed by Hofesh Shechter, it combines bold, exhilarating and tribal movement by ten dancers with a percussive, cinematic score.

Choreographer Hofesh Shechter OBE is recognised as one of the most exciting artists making stage work today, renowned for composing atmospheric musical scores to compliment the unique physicality of his movement. He is Artistic Director of the UK-based Hofesh Shechter Company.

Hofesh Shechter’s repertoire for the company includes “Uprising” (2006), “In Your Rooms” (2007), “The Art of Not Looking Back” (2009), “Political Mother” (2010), “Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut” (2011), “Sun” (2013), “barbarians” (2015), “Grand Finale” (2017) and “Show” (2018) with his apprentice company, Shechter II.

Shechter has also staged and choreographed works on leading international dance companies including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Batsheva Ensemble, Candoco Dance Company, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater 1, Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Ballet and Royal Ballet Flanders.

He has choreographed for theatre, television and opera, notably at the Metropolitan Opera (New York) for Nico Mulhy’s Two Boys, the Royal Court on Motortown and The Arsonists, the National Theatre on Saint Joan and for the Channel 4 series Skins. In 2016, he received a Tony Award nomination for his choreography for the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof.

Grand Finale is the latest full-length work in his canon, it was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production.

In 2018, H. Shechter was awarded an honorary OBE for Services to Dance and the company’s first dance film. Hofesh Shechter’s Clowns, was broadcast by the BBC in September to great acclaim.

Hofesh Shechter Company (founded in 2008)is a boundary-breaking dance company, producing exceptional work created by Hofesh Shechter, with a diverse tribe of extraordinary international dancers at its core. Based in the UK, but playing on major stages throughout the world, our work celebrates and inspires the freedom of the human spirit.

We believe that dance has the ability to prod and poke and tap into our deepest emotions; an instinctive, deep-rooted part of ourselves that we rarely access in modern life. We dance to know what it feels like, not just to live, but to be alive. In all our work, we strive to move ourselves, and our audiences, beyond reason.