News: Shechter/Gormley collaboration announced

Wednesday 28 September 2011

Hofesh Shechter 'Political Mother The Choreographer's Cut' 12-16 July 2011, Sadler's Wells. Photo: Gabriele Zucca

Hofesh Shechter is collaborating with sculptor Antony Gormley on a new work for the Barbican Theatre next January – but it won’t include dance. Shechter has always been involved in making music and composed the scores for all his dance works. Survivor will consist of a new score, with a visual landscape by Gormley.

Hofesh Shechter says: “In Antony I have found a spirited partner with whom I can re-imagine the visual world in which my music might exist. With a frozen image of his own being, a body, Antony at times expresses more than I can with the many living bodies of my dancers. He’s a choreographer of space and emotion and it’s thrilling to open up the cavernous space of the Barbican and to compose a score to the rhythm of his imagination.”
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The new work will be on a large scale – filling the Barbican stage with Shechter’s 30-strong band, an army of 100 drummers and five men.

“We share an interest in bodies in space and Hofesh is a master of time, especially percussive time” says Gormley. “It will be an adventure to work with the intelligent bodies of others within the emergent architecture of Hofesh’s pulmonary music. The urgency of his work strikes me as being significant for us now. It comes from the divisions at the heart of the world and seems to speak of our predicament of being controlled but desiring extension. We are grappling with being survivors in a world awash with information and events about which we have no control and little direct contact.”

Survivor
12 – 14 January 2012, Barbican Theatre.
Priority booking opens on 8 November, with general sales opening on 14 November **”www.barbican.org.uk“:http://www.barbican.org.uk

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