Internationally celebrated choreographer Hofesh Shechter presents a thrilling new double bill of contemporary dance for our times. Double Murder presents two distinctly contrasting pieces exploring societal schisms and human kinship. Shechter’s New Creation, sculptured as an antidote and partner piece to the murderous, poisonous anarchy of his 2016 success, Clowns, brings a tender, fragile energy to the stage. It offers a raw and compassionate moment to balance the forces of aggression and violence that press on us daily. A shield to protect us from the noise of life outside, and a place that allows the performers to shine, be fragile, be seen for their utmost human qualities. Violence, tenderness and hope are all laid bare through Shechter’s achingly beautiful, cinematic lens.
Performed by ten of his inimitable dancers and accompanied by the epic sounds of a Shechter-composed score, Double Murder exposes painful truths and delve into our deepest emotions.
‘One of the British dance scene’s hottest properties’ – New York Times
Commissioned by Sadler’s Wells, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Brighton Dome and Festival, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. Co-commissioned by Shanghai International Dance Center Theater (SIDCT), Hong Kong – New Vision Arts Festival, National Performing Arts Center, by Taiwan R.O.C. – National Taichung Theater, Danse Danse Montréal, Scène Nationale d’Albi, Torinodanza Festival / Teatro Stabile di Torino – Teatro Nazionale, Marche Teatro / Inteatro Festival, Opéra de Dijon and HOME Manchester. Developed in part at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
Clowns premiered on 29 Apr 2016 at Nederlands Dans Theater 1 in The Hague, The Netherlands.