COMING SOON TO THE VENUE MK
MÓTUS are delighted to announce that on the 28th May 2022 - the Hofesh Shechter Company will be coming to Milton Keynes; performing at The Venue MK (Walnut Tree) presenting their new work 'Contemporary Dance 2.0'.
CHOREOGRAPHY & MUSIC BY HOFESH SHECHTER PERFORMED BY SHECHTER II
Lighting Design – TOM VISSER
Original Costume Design – OSNAT KELNER, HOFESH SHECHTER
Following the recent success of Hofesh Shechter Company’s tour of POLITICAL MOTHER UNPLUGGED, the company’s award-winning development and performance training programme for world-class young dancers, Shechter II, returns with Contemporary Dance 2.0.
Originally made in 2019 by Hofesh Shechter for the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Contemporary Dance 2.0 unleashes the intensity of Shechter’s signature ensemble work combined with an eclectic sound score with a euphoric feel and throbbing beats.
In a work that is dipped in ironic references to pop culture and makes a playful take on Shechter’s own art form, in Contemporary Dance 2.0 only one thing is certain, the dancers do it their way.
Contemporary Dance 2.0 is produced by Hofesh Shechter Company and co-commissioned by Düsseldorf Festival!, Espace 1789, with production support from Teatro Comunale, Vicenza, and a production residency at Arts Depot, London.
Hofesh Shechter Company is supported with public funding through Arts Council England. Hofesh Shechter Company benefits from the support of BNP Paribas Foundation for the development of its projects and, with thanks to the UK Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, continues to be #HereForCulture.
Hofesh Shechter is an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells and Artist-in-Residence of Gauthier Dance (2021-2023). Hofesh Shechter Company is a Resident Company of the Brighton Dome.
This performance has been made possible through MÓTUS, @aceagrams , @Walton Community Council, The D’Oyly Carte, The Leche Trust, @mkcomfoundation and @Milton Keynes Council. .
£8 for groups of 10 or more; contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
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Photo:(c) Victor Frankowski
This show's soundtrack will be loud - please be aware of this and earplugs will be provided.
HOFESH SHECHTER SCHOOL WORKSHOPS
27TH OF MAY
‘Led by the dancers from Shechter II, this workshop is an
opportunity for dance teachers/students/ professional
dancers to explore the Company’s distinctive movement
style and the chance to ask questions in a Q&A with the
Shechter II dancers.
The workshop will include a full warm up and use repertoire
and imagery from Hofesh’s critically acclaimed/latest work,
Contemporary Dance 2.0, to explore his creative process.’
Ages 14+ £150 per workshop, the maximum class size is
20-25 students. PLACES FILLING FAST – Last remaining slot :
Afternoon of the 27th of May. Sessions are 2 hours 30
minutes long, including Q&A.
Prices are negotiable as some funding is available.
26 May at The Venue MK
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Sarah Golding’s new work STATE is rooted in the relationship between music and dance, exploring different ways to translate music into and out of the
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INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY
MÓTUS curated 198 members from the community and schools alongside 2 professional companies - Richard Chappell Dance and Paramount Parkour - for a day of dance at the Milton Keynes Rose on the 29th and 30th April 2022. Working in partnership with the Cenotaph Trust and the Parks Trust; Artistic Director of MÓTUS Helen Parlor said ‘it has been a joy to find and work with all of these talented groups in our local area or who are somehow attached to Milton Keynes and the dance scene we are trying to create. The MK Rose is the perfect site for movement/dance and International Dance Day gave audiences, over 2 nights, an exceptional and varied showcase of work all relating to the theme of ‘Spring’ whilst relating to the inscriptions on the pillars, across 2 nights.
This project was made possible by the Milton Keynes Community Foundation and the Ansom Trust. Huge thanks to The Parks Trust.
Finding Inspiration in Every Turn
MÓTUS was established in 2013 by professional dancers based right in Milton Keynes, who through over 20 years of professional work around the country and internationally, recognised that there was a huge absence in relation to accessing high quality, regular dance programming within Milton Keynes; mainly due to there being no dance programming houses alongside the folding of Bucks Dance - our regional dance agency. MÓTUS recognised the potential sitting and waiting to be harnessed in the region and so, MÓTUS was born.
Since its inception, MÓTUS has presented nine festivals hosting an eclectic, exciting and diverse programme of work from national and internationally celebrated companies. Our performance programme takes place across the city in free public open spaces, within the centre:mk, across our cultural venues (with The Venue MK being our partner venue) and within sited areas which make interesting performance spaces. We programme high quality work on the British touring circuit to include Phoenix Dance Theatre, Aakash Odedra, Motionhouse, Company Chameleon, Joli Vyann, James Cousins, Charlotte Vincent, Jose Agudo’s ‘Carmen’ alongside creating our own showcases of work and creative ventures. JUMP START is our U.Dance endorsed youth dance platform which welcomes hundreds of young dancers to The Venue:MK annually to share talent, creativity and passion.
MÓTUS also programmes workshops and masterclasses at all levels throughout the year and is becoming a recognisable name in support of new dance work and emerging dance artists through the ADJUSTMENTS platforms - presenting and discussing new work. These platforms are a space to try new ideas for work and provide feedback to artists through discussions with live audiences and a panel of arts professionals.
MÓTUS runs MYDC - it's very own Youth Dance Company which focuses on individuality, physical expression and realising potential.
See our Youth Dance page for more information.
Since MÓTUS began it has celebrated increased collaboration in Milton Keynes between artistic groups and ideas. MÓTUS is delighted to be supported by Arts Council England, Milton Keynes Council, Milton Keynes Community Foundation, The D’Oyly Carte Foundation and the Leche Trust.
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