Political Mother

Hofesh Shechter Company

Choreography and Music: Hofesh Shechter

Performed by: Hofesh Shechter Company

Tue 19-Wed 20 May

Nominated for a South Bank Sky Arts Award in 2011, Political Mother brims with Shechter’s emotional and gritty complexity.

Pulsating live music, extraordinary ensemble sequences and cinematic editing make Political Mother a dance experience like no other.

Performed by Shechter’s internationally acclaimed dancers, and accompanied by his visceral score featuring a band of live drummers and electric guitarists, Political Mother promises to draw audiences to Shechter’s world. Astonishing unisons, percussive grooves and raw, honest physicality mark him as one of the most exciting artists to emerge in recent years.

In a major coup for the city, Hofesh Shechter Company make their explosive Bristol debut with this critically acclaimed dance work.

a work of galvanising challenging power – The Guardian, May 2010

Part dance show, part heavy-rock gig, Hofesh Shechter’s first ever full-length work is an audio-visual marvel. – ★★★★★ Telegraph

…delivered like a roar of defiance… It’s visceral, painful and very, very exciting….even in the dark void at its centre there is humanity and tenderness, never quite extinguished – Debra Craine, The Times

Since exploding onto the dance scene with Uprising/In your rooms in 2008, Shechter and his young and talented dance company have established themselves as a leading force in the UK dance scene. A former drummer in a rock band, Shechter creates the musical scores for each of his dance creations and his raw, atmospheric music alongside his company’s unique physicality has earned his work acclaim around the world.

Musical Collaborators: Nell Catchpole, Yaron Engler

Percussion Arrangements: Hofesh Shechter, Yaron Engler

Additional Music: J.S .Bach, Cliff Martinez, Joni Mitchell, Giuseppe Verdi

Lighting Design: Lee Curran

Costume Design: Merle Hensel

Political Mother is commissioned by Brighton Dome and Festival, Sadler’s Wells and Movimentos – Festwochen der Autostadt in Wolfsburg. The work is co‐commissioned by Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, Théâtre de la Ville, Romaeuropa and Mercat de les Flors.

Produced in collaboration with Theatre Royal, Plymouth and with support from DanceXchange, Birmingham.

The score for Political Mother was created in collaboration with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and barbicanbite09, with research supported by Jerwood Studio at Sadler’s Wells.

Collaboration with FOS supported by Outset.

The use of Solaris by Cliff Martinez is by arrangement with EMI Music Publishing Limited

Hofesh Shechter Company is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Hofesh Shechter is an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells and Hofesh Shechter Company is Resident Company at Brighton Dome.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre
Start Date
May 19, 2015
End Date
May 20, 2015
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