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barbarians — Hofesh Shechter


  • 20.00 Concertzaal
  • 22.20 Expected end time
  • 19.15 Introduction by Gloria Carlier


Contemporary dance

In 2009 choreographer and composer Hofesh Shechter stunned the Bruges audience with his diptych Uprising and In your rooms. Especially for December Dance, he now returns with his latest trilogy, barbarians. It opens with the barbarians in love, which immediately, elegantly and intimately reveals Schechter’s typical choreographic style. Trembling with emotion, six white-clad dancers move to the tones of an eclectic baroque score. In what follows, Shechter demonstrates yet again his dancers’ versatility and individual talents: a joyous explosion of trance-like dubstep grooves in tHE bAD, and a poignant duet in Two completely different angles of the same fucking thing. Shechter worked in Tel Aviv with the Batsheva Dance Company and then moved to London. In next to no time he became the audience favourite of British dance stages.

Program and performers


the barbarians in love (part I)
tHE bAD (part II)
Two completely different angles of the same fucking thing (part III)


Hofesh Shechter: choreography & music
Chien-Ming Chang, Frédéric Despierre, Yeji Kim, Kim Kohlmann, Erion Kruja, Merel Lammers, Attila Ronai, Diogo Sousa: dance
Lawrie McLennan: lighting collaborator

production: Hofesh Shechter Company
coproduction: Sadler’s Wells London, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre de la Ville – Paris, Berliner Festspiele – Foreign Affairs, Maison de la Danse Lyon, Festival d’Avignon, HOME Manchester, Festspielhaus, St Pölten and Hessisches Staatsballett, Staatstheater Darmstadt / Wiesbaden


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