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Dance Preview: Hofesh Shechter Company is back with Barbarians

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DH Vancouver Staff Nov 03, 2015 8:12 am

On November 13 and 14, the influential and sought-after Hofesh Shechter Company, returns to Vancouver with their most recent work: Barbarians. A trilogy containing Barbarians in love, tHE bAD, and a duet featuring two of the company’s long-time dancers, Barbarians is bound to prove Hofesh Shechter will awe audiences once again.

First coming to Vancouver in 2009 with Uprising and In your rooms, DanceHouse has brought the prolific UK contemporary dance company back to the city. Re-welcoming Shechter and his company allows audiences to “continue developing the relationship they have with Hofesh the artist, and his work,” says Jim Smith, Producer at DanceHouse.

Barbarians promises to deliver Shechter’s signature style of visceral, synchronised, and mathematical yet chaotic movement. His ability to break and challenge international performance conventions on the stage in front of us lies in those recognizable elements of Shechter’s creations. Employing a technique of lighting that challenges the audience by shining the lights at both them, and the performers.

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Barbarians Credit: Simona Boccedi

With Political Mother, Shechter’s last work, in mind, there is an impatient buzz in the dance community in anticipation of experiencing the stormy and passion-filled universe he often creates on the stage. His acute compositional skills of timing, movement, tone, and narrative are key to his ability to welcome audiences into his universe and demanding we recognize our presence in the theatre. The minutia and synchronicity of Shechter’s movement serves as abstract non-verbal communication between the performers and the audience. His distinct movement vocabulary and incisive lighting and sound design is bound to provide a tumultuous physical and mental experience not found anywhere else.

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Barbarians Credit Simona Boccedi

Alongside the performance, DanceHouse has also invited local contemporary dance artist Vanessa Goodman, of Action at a Distance, to speak at their Speaking of Dance series to contextualize and discuss Barbarians and Hofesh Shechter Company. The talk is free and takes place on Tuesday November 10, 7 p.m. in the World Studio at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodward’s. Find more information here.


Barbarians runs November 13 and 14 at the Vancouver Playhouse. Get your tickets here. Check out Barbarians and Hofesh Shechter Company here.

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DH Vancouver Staff
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