November 2020 update on live performances and events at the NAC.
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Dance Contemporary Cross-disciplinary
“Hofesh Shechter. It’s a name to remember … one of the most inventive new choreographic voices to turn up in quite a while. He shows physical invention as part of a fiercely contemporary universe.” Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times

NAC Presentation

British-Israeli choreographer and musician Hofesh Shechter is renowned for fearless “zeitgeisty, gutsy dance” (The Melbourne Age), for expanding the boundaries of the art form, and for shapes that sear into your mind. For this new program, Shechter sets himself a fresh challenge by creating three distinct works laced with music of the Baroque era. The first of these to be completed, the barbarians in love, recently had its European premiere. Exploring music and themes outside his usual approach – but with his signature movement style – Hofesh displays outrageous physicality, musicality, drive, and energy. He creates a sparse world in which dancers move with mathematical passion and precision. As the work trembles with emotion residing within order, Hofesh Shechter’s extraordinary choreography is at its most elegant and intimate.

Note: smoke machine, nudity, explicit lyrics and loud music

Co-producers: 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 (including a working residency – the barbarians in love) and Hessisches Staatsballett, Staaststheater Darmstadt / Wiesbaden (including a working residency – the bad).

Performance is approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes including intermission

video: barbarians
video: barbarians in rehearsal | Video: Ed Inglis
barbarians in rehearsal | Video: Ed Inglis
video: barbarians | Video: Ed Inglis
barbarians | Video: Ed Inglis
barbarians © Jake Walters
barbarians © Jake Walters
barbarians © Jake Walters