News: Hofesh Shechter and The Royal Ballet

Friday 20 March 2015 by Clare Evans

Hofesh Shechter is bringing visceral, urgent language to The Royal Ballet in his first work for the Company, as part of a mixed programme with George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth. Of working with the classically trained ballet dancers, Shechter says: ‘My movement style is very different. In ballet everything is “up”, but in my work everything is “down”, and fluid and round’.

Here, Company Soloist Beatriz Stix-Brunell talks to the Guardian about the dancers’ experience of collaborating with the pioneering choreographer.

It takes weeks to put this style into the body, but within the last three weeks, I feel I’m finally getting it. I’m starting to understand, from head to toe, what Hofesh wants.

Hofesh is tall and lanky and commands the space so powerfully. He’s also extremely funny, which makes for a great atmosphere … we all feel like buddies in the room, but there’s a huge amount of respect for him.

Hofesh Shechter rehearses his debut Royal Ballet work:

Read more: The Guardian, 20 March 2015

The Four Temperaments / Hofesh Shechter / Song of the Earth will be running until 14 April at The Royal Opera House.

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