19:30-20:00: Fragments Performed by Hofesh Shechter Juniors
20:00-20:30: tHE bAD Performed by Hofesh Shechter Company
21:00-21:30 (approx): Rock out with an exclusive gig from 72% Morrissey (stalls, unreserved seating)
Hofesh Shechter and the talented artists he works with present a loud, smoky collision of music and dance just the way they like it – exclusively for HOME.
The evening gives audiences the first look at Shechter’s new short work, the second part of a trilogy that features dancers from his world-class ensemble. Known as tHE bAD, this piece for five dancers will be accompanied by a dark and funky score featuring dubstep grooves alongside his trademark percussive electronics. Joel Harries, one of Shechter’s most recognisable musicians, having played live with the Company around the world, takes the stage to perform a live gig in the second part of the evening with three piece instrumental band, 72% Morrissey.
We open the evening with a rare glimpse of Shechter’s first work, Fragments, an atmospheric look at relationships with an ironic twist that brought him to the attention of the dance world. Once performed by Shechter himself, he now invites two members of his newly formed apprentice programme to demonstrate their extraordinary talent.
On Thursday 30 April the celebrations continue after the performance, as Hofesh Shechter Company dancer and performer in tHE bAD, Maëva Berthelot, will take the groove into the night in a post-show DJ set.
“**** Using powerful movement, set to Shechter’s sound-track of narrative and music, this intriguing look at human relationships made a memorable impact… This extraordinary combination of the arts augurs well for the future in Manchester’s new creative powerhouse at HOME. More exciting events are still to come!” – Natalie Anglesey, Manchester Evening News
“**** Tremendous… It’s a striking piece… The piece is elusive but embraces fun and darkness, fragility and strength. An inspired choice for the first official theatre piece at a venue that, even before its official opening, is creating waves on the local and international scene.” Kevin Bourke, Northern Soul
“A fascinating piece with some incredible physicality and synchronicity… An interesting piece to open the new venue that promises much from both this collaboration and collaborations with other innovative, modern performing artists for the future.” David Chadderton, British Theatre Guide
“Shechter is a magnificent, one-of-a-kind choreographer.”
— The Guardian
“A powerful, deliberately unstable and wholly absorbing work.”
— ABC Australia, on Sun
“A mix, in their own words, of progressive doom and noise rock […], I would wager money on 72% Morrissey making a name for themselves in the UK underground scene.”
— Adrian Huggins, Beard Rock