The EvilImp™ 'Hofesh of the Dance'

Is Hofesh Shechter in danger of becoming the contemporary dance equivalent of Michael Flatley? If you don't know who Mr Flatley is then all we shall say is 'Lord of the Dance' and "one trick pony" and leave it at that!

How could we say such thing about the new darling of the contemporary dance world? Simple, Mr Shechter needs to make a new piece of work because if we see 'Uprising', 'In Your Rooms' or one of its variants just one more time then somebody is going to get slapped in the neck with a salted kipper!

Let's be very clear! 'Uprising' and 'In Your Rooms' are superb pieces of work and Mr Shechter is a dance maker with enormous skill. You pick a fight with Hofesh then you pick a fight with us all and we don't take prisoners or even enemy combatants!

However, we, here in TheLab™, love strawberry trifle a lot but if all we eat is strawberry trifle then pretty soon you get to the stage where if you get so much as a whiff of a strawberry trifle then you're going to break out the salty sea creatures and start swinging. (mixed metaphor extravaganza alert! Ed!) Get the idea?

We're starting to get the same feeling about 'Uprising' and 'In Your Rooms', you can have too much of a good thing. Our feelings are not being soothed by the up and coming performance of a hybrid showing of the two works called, wait for it, 'The Choreographer's Cut' at the Roundhouse in London on 27/28 February.

The title is a play on "Director's Cut" and comes from the wacky world of movies where a put-upon director is forced to alter the theatrical release of his/her movie by mean producers and then changes it back for the DVD release so they can make more money show their true artistic vision to the world!

Are we to believe that what we have been watching all along is not the real dance making Mr Shechter wanted us to see? Has some nefarious producer been at work in the background demanding crazy re-writes and a nude scene? We doubt it!

More likely that some producer in London, the city where good ideas go to die, ponied up enough cash to make this all happen. Great for the dancers, great for the company, not so great for those hankering for something new after two years.

It's called contemporary dance for a reason. We're a fickle bunch and move on quickly letting video archives pinch our fond memories from time to time. 2009 is the official year of the new Hofesh piece, for no other reason than we decided it should be. This is the year where he proves that he is a multi-trick pony with a long flowing tail and the ability to do complex arithmetic with a multiple taps of his hooves! (that's enough equestrian references for now! Ed!)

If nothing new has emerged from the house of Hofesh by the end of 09 then we are sorry to say that he's going on TheList™ and trust us when we say that you don't want to be anywhere near this list because 'Cattlecall' by Javier Du Frutos is the best thing on it!

'The Choreographer's Cut' is on at the Roundhouse in London on February 28/29 and we never want to see it again after that!

[ 'Uprising' on Article19 ]

  • Nietzsche911

    Yes, good point... I think everyone's getting a little tired of Uprising. But I don't think any choreographer - or artist for that matter - should ever be criticised for taking their time to create new work. Not everyone has the delivery rate of a Mozart, which doesn't necessarily make their work any less interesting. If Hofesh Shechter needs the time, he's right to take it, which is probably the reason the company's been milking Uprising for such a long time. As for all those reactionists out there who scream at the very thought of anyone DARING to criticise Shechter (and for heaven's sake - would everyone PLEASE stop referring to him as 'Hofesh' unless you actually know him?!), well let's just start by pointing out that this section IS called 'the Evil Imp' - the whole point of criticism is to encourage debate, so let's all try and work on developing a thicker skin, shall we?

  • Ben

    Hehehe good reply from Article 19 there. I found the article really funny and you do have a point - weren't those 2 pieces performed twice in London last year already? (The Place and Southbank Centre)

    Candoco is performing a piece by him called Still - do you know if it's any good?

  • we'll be contacting Candoco to see if we can do a feature on their new tour, stay tuned!

  • blaladiblah (oh god i'm a

    Fairplay...well spotted. We've all been saying the same damn thing. So if (I SAID IF)your claming to come with some sort of huge, insightful slice of real life then sorry. wwweee've all chatted about it, had the tea...without the biscuit (*cough okay maybe the one)... and taken a break and nattered to death about it.

    Get over it he's getting the funding. In it likeee... so he can do whatever the fudge he wants.While that melts in your mouth I know! (yes I do) that he is actually making new work which I think will be seen this half of the year. So this makes the article on top a little dated.

    This doesn't mean he should still be pushing the work that he had done with such febreeziness (spray top sniff top yahhh its okay go).

    Stop being so impatient child. It's coming. Trust the man and put down your can of hateroade (Gatorade..get it) 'twill come. Go on smash me up you little monkey

    No one reads the middle bit anyway..we all go straight to the videos then auditions.

    especially when your nattering about last weeks chicken giblets.

    love you.

  • Yes, that would be the Royal "we" would it? Since you lack the courage to say who you are, there's not a lot we can do for you!

  • Did you read the piece above, or just scan it and pick up the bits you could have a go at? We have 'Uprising' on here, Hofesh is a superb dance maker, it says that above.

    But this is "contemporary dance" not the West End. You can't just keep doing the same work for ever and all we are saying is let's see something new. What's so harsh about that?

    Also, "one of the most negative sites for dance ever", please do point us in the direction of any other website that covers dance and we'll be happy to take a look.

  • Ian

    So typical of article19 to get negative of some choreographer once he/she starts doing well. I mean come on you praise videos of some of the worse choreography out there and yet when people start doing well you actually turn on them. this happens to be one of the most negative sites for dance ever. And believe me I can 'bitch' with the best of them but you really are 'something else". Is it me or are you just some bitter dance up in Newcastle who never got far in your career so therefore thought it better to just be bitter about everything which isn't one of your friends rolling around the floor doing stereo typical contemporary work. Just a thought and if that is the case at least we know where this website stands!!

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