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Harbourfront Center kicks off 2022-23 couples season with DOUBLE MURDER by Hofesh Shechter Company

Harbourfront Center opens its international contemporary dance series, Torque, with the Ontario premiere of Hofesh Shechter Company’s hypnotic and energetic double project Double Murder, on stage October 27-29, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at Fleck Dance Theatre. Created by internationally acclaimed choreographer and composer Hofesh Shechter, Double Murder is a thrilling exploration of the chaotic and oppressive forces of our modern times. The performance features two distinctly contrasting works that explore societal schisms and human relatedness: Clowns is a sarcastic and playful nod to our ever-increasing indifference to violence. At the same time, The Fix presents a tender and fragile antidote to the pervasive forces of aggression that weigh on us daily. Set to Shechter’s cinematic and hard-hitting score, Double Murder exposes painful truths and deep emotions.

“We are delighted to open our 2022-23 Torque season with the Harbourfront Center debut of the inimitable UK-based Hofesh Shechter Company,” said Nathalie Bonjour, Harbourfront Centre’s Director of Performing Arts. “Renowned for their intense energy and intricate choreography, the Company takes us on an unbridled journey of discovery, from the urgent movement and pulsating power of The Clowns to the smooth lines and connecting moments of The Fix. Audiences will experience unforgettable !”

Opening the night is Clowns, which premiered in 2016 at Nederlands Dans Theater 1 in The Hague, and was later produced as a dance film in 2018 for the BBC. Pulsating with “anarchy and ironic showmanship” (The Stage), Clowns is a macabre comedy of murder and desire, unleashing a whirlwind of loud, dynamic energy, testing how far we are willing to go. entertainment name.

As a healing balm with the deadly power of clowns, Shechter’s latest creation The Fix – which premiered in London in September 2021 – brings tender sentimentality to the stage with softer sounds and meditative choreography. Hailed by The Observer as “comforting and beautiful, an antidote to the suffering of the world”, The Fix offers compassion, shielding us from the white noise and aggression of our daily lives. Violence, tenderness and hope are all laid bare through Shechter’s lens of painful, cinematic beauty.

Influenced by an array of sources, including Israeli folk dance, clubbing culture, rock performance, and installation art and filmmaking, Shechter’s distinctive choreographic style has been described as a “combination of dance-making and of a rock star, but with the sensitivities of a director” (Les temps). The Israeli-born contemporary choreographer and composer has created dozens of works through his eponymous dance company, launched in 2008. His works have been performed at major festivals and on major international stages from Rio to Sydney, Shanghai to New York, which has earned him a worldwide following.

Shechter has also worked as a choreographer in theatre, television and opera, notably with the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, the Paris Opera Ballet and Bartlett Sher’s Fiddler On The Roof on Broadway (2015), for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. In 2018, Shechter received an honorary OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his services to dance, and he is currently Artist-in-Residence with Gauthier Dance in Stuttgart, Germany, and Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

As part of the Torque Contemporary Dance Series, Harbourfront Center will host a Torque Q&A immediately following the performance on October 28, 2022.

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