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Today (Monday 29 April) I went to see Uprising & The Art of Not Looking Back by the Hofesh Shechter Company at Sadler's Wells.
Cut and pasted from the Sadler's Wells Website:
Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Hofesh Shechter has become one of the UK’s most celebrated young artists of recent years. He returns to present this thrilling double bill of two of his most acclaimed works for all-male and all-female companies respectively, Uprising and The Art of Not Looking Back.
Uprising (2006) is a highly-charged work that leaves audiences buzzing, as seven male dancers from Hofesh Shechter Company emerge from the shadows to bombard the stage with furious energy. Set to Shechter’s throbbing percussive score, this dynamic production plays with the idea of masculinity, exploring brotherhood and friendship, and is considered by many to be his breakthrough work.
The Art of Not Looking Back (2009) is inspired by and made for the world-class female dancers of Hofesh Shechter Company. Physical, complex and unrelenting, it explores loss and separation and presents Shechter’s favoured theme of ‘man against the world’ in a different and entrancing light.
This is the trailer:
I was completely absorbed and totally blown away by these two dance pieces and by this dance company.
These are my short reactions to the two pieces:
WOW! Mind-blowing powerful dramatic and innovative dance, combined with impactful music. Sensational!
The Art of Not Looking Back:
A mother walking out on you leaves you broken :( Very disturbing and incredibly powerful.
To summarise, it was the first time I had seen the Hofesh Shechter Company but, based solely on tonight's performance, I would DEFINITELY make a special effort to see them again!
Whilst I am on, I wanted to give a special shout out to Sadler's Wells. It is the ONLY venue that I regularly frequent to see dance. I LOVE Sadler's Wells. If you go there you are guaranteed exceptional dance at a reasonable price in a fab, welcoming and friendly venue. Highly recommended!