News: New from Hofesh Shechter Company: Shechter Junior

Friday 27 March 2015 by Clare Evans

Shechter Junior Company with Ming and Winifred

Today the internationally renowned Hofesh Shechter Company (HSC) announced their new company, Shechter Junior – an apprentice programme for talented, young dancers between 18 and 25 years old.

Over 1,000 dancers auditioned for Shechter Junior and the final eight represent the very best of the next generation of contemporary dancers: Carl Crochet (France), Maja Grethe Naomi Furnes (Norway/Japan), Kenny Wing Tao Ho (UK), Anne-Charlotte Hubert (France), Max Makowski (Germany), Ayelet Nadav (Israel), Anna Stamp Møller (Denmark) and Oska Lake Thomas (UK).

Shechter Junior is driven by Hofesh Shechter, and his Company’s commitment to nurturing young artists and creating opportunities for them to gain professional experience in a financially challenged arts scene. The dancers will be mentored from longstanding HSC members, have access to world-renowned venues and the stability of an apprentice salary, all self-funded by HSC through international touring and other partnerships.

Hofesh explains: “Since we started taking younger dancers into the Company I’ve been overwhelmed by the appetite and competition for the very few places we are able to offer. Each year during the auditions I’ve felt increasingly inspired and impressed by the incredible skill and talent that is out there and increasingly frustrated by the lack of opportunities available to them”. He continues: “It is an honour to work with more of these young dancers, to bring them into our Company, pay them, train them to become the dancers they have the potential to be and in turn enjoy and benefit from their immense drive and intense energy.”

Shechter Junior will make its world debut in Paris this May, with a performance of deGeneration at Theatre des Abbesses (4 – 20 May), marking the start of a European tour. During their eight month apprenticeship the dancers will also work with Shechter on the creation of a new piece and perform alongside HSC in a special event, Hofesh Shechter & Friends at HOME, Manchester’s new arts centre.

Oska Lake Thomas, who hails from Oxford, England, is looking forward to “getting to grips with the diversity of Hofesh’s work and finding the depth and meaning in the movement… This is an incredible opportunity that for me is the realisation of a long held aspiration“.

Joining the young Company for the seven week creation period is Botis Seva from East London. With no formal training Seva has already choreographed pieces showcased at The Place and Sadler’s Wells and worked with the acclaimed theatre company, Punchdrunk and is being mentored by Hofesh during 2015.

Introducing Shechter Junior from Hofesh Shechter Company on Vimeo.

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