‘Grand Finale was quite simply one of the most astonishing performances of dance I have seen in the last 30 years.’ (Audience member)
Internationally celebrated choreographer Hofesh Shechter’s latest work, Grand Finale, is a spectacularly bold and ambitious new piece featuring our exceptional ensemble of dancers and a live band of musicians. Grand Finale is at once comic, bleak and beautiful, evoking a world at odds with itself, full of anarchic energy and violent comedy. Filtering this irrepressible spirit, Shechter creates a vision of a world in freefall: part gig, part dance, part theatre and wholly original.
Grand Finale premiered at La Villette Paris with Théâtre de la Ville on 14 June 2017.
Choreography & Music: Hofesh Shechter
Set & Costume Designer: Tom Scutt
Lighting Designer: Tom Visser
Music Collaborators: Nell Catchpole and Yaron Engler
Associate Artistic Director: Bruno Guillore
Design Assistant (Set & Costume) : Rosie Elnile
Robinson Cassarino, Chien-Ming Chang, Spencer Dickhaus, Rachel Fallon, Mickaël Frappat, Natalia Gabrielczyk, Adam Khazhmuradov, Yeji Kim (Rehearsal Assistant 2), Juliette Valerio and Zunnur Zhafirah.
James Adams, Christopher Allan, Rebekah Allan, Sabio Janiak and Desmond Neysmith.
Technical Manager: Paul Froy
Re-Lighter: Andrej Gubanov
Sound Technician: Amir Sherhan
Stage Manager: Leon Smith
Assistant Stage Manager: Naomi Young
Produced by Hofesh Shechter Company and commissioned by Georgia Rosengarten.
Our Commissioning Partners are Sadler's Wells, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris / La Villette-Paris and Brighton Dome and Festival. Co-commissioned by Colours International Dance Festival Stuttgart, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Romaeuropa Festival, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Marche Teatro / Inteatro Festival together with Danse Danse Montréal, HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden in cooperation with Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Dansens Hus Oslo, Athens and Epidaurus Festival, HOME Manchester and Scène Nationale d’Albi.
Grand Finale is generously supported by the International Music and Art Foundation.
Choreographer Hofesh Shechter OBE is recognised as one of the most exciting artists making stage work today, renowned for composing atmospheric musical scores to compliment the unique physicality of his movement. He is Artistic Director of the UK-based Hofesh Shechter Company, formed in 2008. The company are resident at Brighton Dome and Shechter is an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells.
Hofesh Shechter’s repertoire for the company includes Uprising (2006), In your rooms (2007), The Art of Not Looking Back(2009), Political Mother (2010), Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut (2011), Sun (2013), barbarians (2015), Grand Finale (2017) and SHOW (2018) with his apprentice company, Shechter II.
Shechter has also staged and choreographed works on leading international dance companies including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Batsheva Ensemble, Candoco Dance Company, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater 1, Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Ballet and Royal Ballet Flanders.
He has choreographed for theatre, television and opera, notably at the Metropolitan Opera (New York) for Nico Mulhy’sTwo Boys, the Royal Court on Motortown and The Arsonists, the National Theatre on Saint Joan and for the Channel 4 series Skins. As part of #HOFEST, a 4 week festival celebrating Shechter’s work across 4 iconic London venues, he co-directed Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice with John Fulljames at the Royal Opera House. In 2016 he received a Tony Award nomination for his choreography for the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof.
Grand Finale is the latest full-length work in his canon, which premiered at La Villette with Théâtre de la Ville in Paris on June 14th, 2017 and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production.
In 2018 Hofesh Shechter was awarded an honorary OBE for Services to Dance and the company's first dance film, HofeshShechter’s Clowns, was broadcast by the BBC in September to great acclaim.