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Choreography and Music   Hofesh Shechter

Video Projection Designer   Shay Hamias

Original Lighting Design   Lee Curran

Original Costume Design   Merle Hensel

Original Musical Collaborators   Nell Catchpole, Yaron Engler Percussion

Arrangements by   Hofesh Shechter, Yaron Engler
Additional Music: J.S. Bach, Cliff Martinez, Joni Mitchell, Giuseppe Verdi

In 2020, Hofesh Shechter is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his iconic masterpiece Political Mother with a powerful new version for Shechter II. Political Mother Unplugged will invoke the ferocity and spirit of the original in a new era and for a new generation of dancers, selected from the most inspiring young artists across the globe.
Political Mother Unplugged  will draw you into a world of raw emotion and intense sensations, driven by Shechter’s contagious tribal movement, a new landscape of digital, animated projections and the dancers’ extraordinary skill and honesty.  
Danced to a bespoke, new recording of Shechter’s music this will be a dance experience like no other. 

POLITICAL MOTHER UNPLUGGED is produced by Hofesh Shechter Company and co-commissioned by Théâtre de la Ville Paris, HOME Manchester, düsseldorf festival! with production support from Fondazione I Teatri Reggio Emilia and a production residency at DanceEast, Ipswich.
Hofesh Shechter Company gratefully receives support towards the delivery of Shechter II 2020, which includes project funding from The Foyle Foundation, The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation and the International Music and Art Foundation, and core funding from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Garfield Weston Foundation.  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Hofesh Shechter Company is supported using public funding through Arts Council England and benefits from the support of BNP Paribas Foundation for the development of its projects.

About the Company

Hofesh Shechter Company is a boundary-breaking dance company, producing exceptional work created by Hofesh Shechter, with a diverse tribe of extraordinary international dancers at its core.
Based in the UK, but playing on major stages throughout the world, our work celebrates and inspires the freedom of the human spirit.
We believe that dance has the ability to prod and poke and tap into our deepest emotions; an instinctive, deep-rooted part of ourselves that we rarely access in modern life.
We dance to know what it feels like, not just to live, but to be alive. In all our work, we strive to move ourselves, and our audiences, beyond reason.
In 2018, the apprentice company of Hofesh Shechter Company, Shechter II, was established to provide young artists at the beginning of their performance careers with the opportunity of salaried work within a professional company context.  
The eight dancers of Shechter II 2018 successfully performed Hofesh Shechter’s SHOW to audiences worldwide, for which they received the 2017 / 2018 Prix de la critique award for Meilleurs Interprètes – Best Performers at Théâtre de la Ville – Paris, where they had 29 sold-out performances over two seasons.
They also took part in East Wall, a large-scale spectacle of dance and live music at the Tower of London, in partnership with East London Dance, Historic Royal Palaces and LIFT, which was rated as one of the best dance moments of the 21st Century by The Guardian.  
In 2020 the ten international dancers of Shechter II, who were selected from nearly one thousand applicants, will be working together with Hofesh to create a potent new version of his iconic masterpiece Political Mother, POLITICAL MOTHER UNPLUGGED.
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