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