Following his sell-out performances of tHE bAD in April 2015, the infinitely unpredictable Hofesh Shechter returns to present a sparse world for three wildly different takes on intimacy, passion and the banality of love.

Revealing his choreography at its most elegant and intimate, the highly acclaimed and perturbing the barbarians in love opens the evening.

Trembling with emotion residing within order, six white-clad figures move as one to the strains of an ecclesiastic baroque score. What follows, as two very different works unfold, is a volatile explosion of dubstep grooves in tHE bAD – at once joyous and trance-like – and a poignant duet, which together complete an evening showcasing the singular and wry voice of their creator and the versatility and talent of his individual dancers.

“Hofesh Shechter and his company are absolutely at the top of their game. They are innovative, exciting and it makes for compelling if rather uncomfortable viewing; and the choreography, precision and stamina are second to none! If you love contemporary dance, then this is an absolute must-see!” – North West End

“A postmodern work in the strict sense… maybe Shechter is just an innocent romantic at heart.” – The Manchester Review

“Superb stuff: juicy, nervy ensembles and a wittily unsettling commentary.” – The Guardian on the barbarians in love

Co-commissioned by Sadler’s Wells London, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre de la Ville – Paris, Berliner Festspiele – Foreign Affairs, Maison de la Danse – Lyon, Festival d’Avignon, HOME Manchester, Festspielhaus, St Pölten (including a working residency – the barbarians in love) and Hessisches Staatsballett, Staaststheater Darmstadt / Wiesbaden (including a working residency).

Please note that there is a strict no latecomers policy for this show.

Listen to Hofesh Shechter talk more about barbarians:

  • Recommended for 14+
  • Contains nudity, smoke effects, strobe lighting and explicit lyrics
  • Duration 1 hour 55 minutes (includes a 20 minute interval)
  • Please note that there is a strict no latecomers policy for this show

Tickets £18 – £10 (conc. available)

Schools & Groups Information

– Suitable for AS, A2 and equivalent level Dance
– £11 per ticket, 1 teacher place free with every 10 students
– Available weekdays only and must be booked in advance.
– For more information, please email