Celebrate the end of the world with this exhilarating, wholly original dance and music experience.
On the edge of oblivion, a company of incredible dancers hurl themselves into a spectacular freefall.
This is revolutionary choreographer Hofesh Shechter’s vision of a society on the brink of collapse: a bizarre, beautiful abyss bristling with anarchic energy and violent comedy.
Part dance, part theatre, part intoxicating gig, Grand Finale brilliantly captures the precariousness of 21st-century living through rapturous live music (composed by Shechter, performed live by an on-stage band) and furiously choreographed movement – a pulsating combination that will leave you breathless.
Performed on a cinematic set designed around transforming monoliths and intense claustrophobic spaces, and brimming with Shechter’s emotionally electrifying style, this fierce new work is the dance ensemble’s boldest creation yet. Join their apocalyptic revelry in the dance event to end all events.
“A mature and magnificent work… sulphurous, visceral and surprisingly tender”The Stage
Recommended age 13+
Contains smoke effects, very loud music and flashing lights
Watch the trailer here
Watch behind-the-scenes at rehearsal here
Read an interview with Hofesh Shechter in DANZ here
Reviews from the Auckland season
"... moments of great beauty and flickers of rapture and joy mixed in with periods of partying and celebration and some quiet moments of meditation and prayer." – New Zealand Herald
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"Shechter’s vocabulary is unmistakable, raw, embedded in rich personal depth of impulse, wriggling, bouncing, circling, swooping- a folk-like surrender to passion, immersion in reinvented traditions." – Theatreview
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Choreography & Music Hofesh Shechter OBE
Set & Costume Design Tom Scutt
Lighting Design Tom Visser
Music Collaborators Nell Catchpole and Yaron Engler
Produced by Hofesh Shechter Company and commissioned by Georgia Rosengarten
Commissioning Partners: Sadler’s Wells, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris / La Villette-Paris and Brighton Dome and Festival. Co-commissioned by Colours International Dance Festival Stuttgart, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Romaeuropa Festival, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Marche Teatro / Inteatro Festival together with Danse Danse Montréal, HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden in cooperation with Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Dansens Hus Oslo, Athens and Epidaurus Festival, HOME Manchester and Scène Nationale d’Albi.
Grand Finale is generously supported by the International Music and Arts Foundation.
Images: Rahi Rezvani
Hofesh Shechter Company is supported using public funding through Arts Council England. Hofesh Shechter Company benefits from the support of BNP Paribas Foundation for the development of its projects.
Hofesh Shechter OBE is an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells and Hofesh Shechter Company is Resident Company at Brighton Dome.
A wild waltz for the end of time … [Grand Finale] ranks among Shechter’s most sophisticated creations— The Guardian