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Hofesh Shechter Company dances “Double Murder” at Ruhrfestspiele in Recklinghausen

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Hofesh Shechter with his company “Double Murder” at the Ruhr Festival
Hofesh Shechter dances in formation with his company “Double Murder” at the Ruhr Festival. © macdonald

Hofesh Shechter from Israel is one of the dance innovators of our time. At the Ruhr Festival in Recklinghausen he shows two choreographies: “Double Murder”.

Recklinghausen – If a snappy rhythm stands for ecstatic celebrations, then this is it Cancan-Melody by Jacques Offenbach. In his operetta “Orpheus in the Underworld” (1858) dancers throw their legs – wherever. The choreographer is right in Recklinghausen Hofesh Shechter the audience of the Ruhrfestspiele with this classic to “Double Murder”. Instead of linking arms in step, his ensemble introduces itself with flowing movements and harmonious group dances. „Clowns“ is what Shechter calls his first dance work, which aims to be a dark commentary on the indifference to growing violence in our society. The soundtrack (Hofesh Shechter) quickly turns into a rhythmic wave of drums, bass beats and booming sounds. ear plug was at the entrance to the great hall. Shechter (Israel), who founded his company in London in 2008 and is one of the most sought-after dance innovators of our time, combines his diverse ensemble in a dramaturgy of recurring dance images. Traditional steps more folkloric group dances alternate with expansive jumps and actionistic movements. Suddenly, in the hustle and bustle of the stage, people are suddenly murdered from behind. The throat cuts appear choreographically almost elegant, while the gestures of pushing and shooting demand more pain drama from the victims – as once in the child’s play. So the drama of the choreography doesn’t go beyond cowboys and Indians. Even if gloomy scenarios are arranged with light (Lee Curan/Richard Godin) and fog. White-beige linen trousers and short blouses imitate a natural style (design Christina Cunningham). Maybe from colonialism inspired when systematic murders were carried out to maximize economic profit.

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The second part is intended to provide balance. „The Fix“ lets forget the dance of killing. But again the ensemble works against this booming background noise. This time, however, people find each other, hug, recognize each other, form groups that outsider take it with you and discover collective life for yourself. The hope also has a musical counterpart to a guitar intro. And at the end, the dancers go from the stage to the audience to hug – with mask understood. Lots of fans liked it.

Hofesh Shechter Company performs at Cologne Depot 1: June 3, 4, 5; Tel. 0221/221 28 400; www.tanz.koeln

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