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Contemporary Dance

Creation by Hofesh Shechter

”A breath of fresh air in the midst of fultility. An about-face which allows dance to reflect humanity in a new light ... a bombastic performance which everyone should see”

— Dagens Nyheter

Contemporary dance, trailer

Contemporary Dance is Hofesh Shechter’s first creation for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani and serves up an intense clubbing experience mixed with ironic references to music videos.

About ten years ago, the Israeli-born British Hofesh Shechter went from being an almost unknown choreographer to one that filled the greatest dance stages in the UK. Today, he is one of the world’s most celebrated choreographers – impossible to predict but with an unmistakable style. His works are anarchistic, explosive physical and virtuosic. At the same time, they are tender and vibrant. He blends satire with profundity, chaos with order and primal animal power with human desire.

Contemporary Dance had it's world premiere in 2019. The rhythmic, ferociously pulsating and captivating music has been composed by the choreographer himself.

“Having met the dancers for an introductory exchange, I found them to be of the most talented and adaptable group of dancers on the planet. It is so rare to meet a group of dancers and have an instant click with them. It both excites me and scares me what we might be able to do together. I look forward to pushing their physicality and having them push my creativity to new places,”

— Hofesh Shechter after one of the first meetings with GöteborgsOperans Danskompani


Choreography, music Hofesh Shechter
Set design Mylla Ek
Costume design Osnat Kelner, Hofesh Shechter
Lighting design Tom Visser
Choreography assistants Bruno Guillore, Chris Evans, Attila Ronai

Dancers – 15
Running time – 47 min

Created in collaboration with the dancers from GöteborgsOperans Danskompani.

Agents, programmers for venues and festivals

For access to the programme, press photos or a video of the entire performance, please send an email request to danskompani@opera.se

Images from Contemporary Dance

Koreograf Hofesh Shechter

In photo:  Riley O'Flynn, Rachel McNamee|Photographer:  Lennart Sjöberg

Rehearsals for Contemporary Dance

Recorded in 2019