Photography by Agathe Poupeney
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 and accompanied by a landscape of designed, digital animated projections, POLITICAL MOTHER UNPLUGGED will invoke the ferocity and spirit of the original for a new era.
In 2020, Hofesh Shechter celebrated the 10th anniversary of his iconic masterpiece, Political Mother, with a powerful new version for Shechter II, his renowned apprentice company. We held a private performance here at the Jerwood DanceHouse for our staff, friends and patrons in our last few days before we had to sadly close our doors in March 2020. On that note, we can guarantee this is a performance you won’t want to miss, we can’t wait to see these powerful dancers in action again.
The Shechter II programme continues to build on the company’s commitment to developing young artists. Few up-and-coming dancers have the chance to perform in different spaces to different audiences supported by an experienced creative and technical team. Shechter II provides the next generation of world-class dancers the opportunity to create new work; be mentored by long-standing Hofesh Schechter Company members and perform at world-renowned venues – providing a springboard into the world of professional dance.
★★★★★ ‘… as ambitious and as heads-down, hair-prickingly exhilarating as modern dance gets…’ (Mark Monahan, The Telegraph, on Political Mother, 2010)
Please be aware that this performance contains loud music, haze and 30 seconds of mild strobe effect.
Choreography and Music: Hofesh Shechter
Original Lighting Design: Lee Curran
Original Costume Design: Merle Hensel
Video Projection Designer: Shay Hamias
Musical Collaborators: Nell Catchpole, Yaron Engler
Percussion Arrangements: by Hofesh Shechter, Yaron Engler
Additional Music: J.S. Bach, Cliff Martinez, Joni Mitchell, Giuseppe Verdi
On soundtrack: Christopher Allan (cello), Rebekah Allan (viola), Laura Anstee (cello), Nell Catchpole (viola), Tim Harries (double bass), Andrew Maddick (viola), Kai West (double bass), Yaron Engler (drums), Dom Goundar (drums), Joseph Ashwin (guitar), Joel Harries (guitar).
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. Political Mother premiered on 20 May 2010, at the Brighton Festival, UK.