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Hofesh Shechter Company

Political Mother

“As hair-prickingly exhilarating as modern dance gets.” —Daily Telegraph (UK)

This tour de force from Britain’s fiercest choreographer, Israeli-born Hofesh Shechter, has garnered glowing praise worldwide for its emotional tension, gritty complexity, and explosive collision of politics and movement. Channeling a roiling, relentlessly physical version of Jewish folk dance, 10 dancers unleash a rapid-fire chain of surreal images, propelled by a blistering eight-piece live band. The result is a gripping investigation of community and country, service and freedom, and the pursuit of power. Warning: it might get loud.

Copresented with Northrop Dance.

Performance Preview

Hosted by Carl Flink and Emilie Plauché Flink
Tuesday, November 13, 6:15–7 pm
Free; seating limited to capacity
Solera Restaurant, 2nd floor, 900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis

At the forefront of the European dance scene, Hofesh Shechter has emerged as one of the major choreographic voices in world. This panel discussion looks at his evolution as a dancer in Israel, his time spent with the Batsheva Dance Company, and now with his own company. Choreographer, dancer, and scholar Judith Brin Ingber provides background and context for Shechter’s work based on her recent book Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance (Wayne State University Press). Ingber and other eminent scholars consider dancers individually and in community, defining Jewish dance broadly to encompass religious ritual, community folk dance, and choreographed performance.

This performance preview is hosted by co-artistic directors of Twin Cities–based Black Label Movement (BLM), Carl Flink and Emilie Plauché Flink.