Brighton Festival 2020Public booking opens: Wed 19 Feb, 9am

Past Festivals

Past Event

Hofesh Shechter Company

Grand Finale

Choreography & music by Hofesh Shechter
A Brighton Festival Commission

★★★★ ‘a wild waltz for the end of time … [Grand Finale] ranks among Shechter’s most sophisticated creations’ - Judith Mackrell, The Guardian

Internationally celebrated choreographer Hofesh Shechter’s latest work, Grand Finale, is a spectacularly bold and ambitious new piece featuring 10 dancers and six musicians.

Grand Finale is at once comic, bleak and beautiful, evoking a world at odds with itself, full of anarchic energy and violent comedy. Filtering this irrepressible spirit, Shechter creates a vision of a world in freefall: part gig, part dance, part theatre and wholly original.

The company’s exceptional ensemble of dancers comes from 8 different countries. They are Chien-Ming Chang, Frédéric Despierre, Rachel Fallon, Mickael Frappat, Yeji Kim, Kim Kohlmann, Erion Kruja, Merel Lammers, Attila Ronai, Diogo Sousa with Associate Director Bruno Guillore.

The musicians are James Adams, Chris Allan, Rebekah Allan, Mehdi Ganjvar, Sabio Janiak and Desmond Neysmith.

Grand Finale premiered at La Villette Paris with Théâtre de la Ville on 14 June 2017 and was nominated for an Olivier award for Best New Dance Production in 2018.

★★★★ ‘Heart-stopping… Hofesh Shechter’s [Grand Finale] has arrived with a bang’ - Laura Capelle, Financial Times
★★★★★ ‘A mature and magnificent work … sulphurous, visceral and surprisingly tender’ - Neil Norman, The Stage
★★★★ ‘The ultimate dance macabre […] Hofesh Shechter’s existential anguish and his often beautiful choreography fight to the death’ - Luke Jennings, The Observer

‘Life flirts with morbidity in Grand Finale, a touching and exhilarating work loaded with emotion. The Israeli choreographer, in his artistic prime, reveals once again the evocative power of his abstract and expressionist creations based on a mastery of rhythm and explosive sounds […] Not to be missed.’ - Mélanie Carpentier, Le Devoir

Sat 5 May 7.30pm & Sun 6 May 2.30pm (Plus a post show discussion)

Brighton Festival associate artist Theo Clinkard will be chairing the post show discussion with Hofesh Shechter on Sun 6 May.

There will be a DJ set by DJ Viva Soul after the show from 9.15-10.30 in the bar.
£10, £15, £18.50, £22.50*
Festival Standby £10*