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Dance drama 'Double Murder' to dazzle at Shanghai music festival

By ZHANG KUN | | Updated: 2024-03-15 15:43
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Double Murder, a dance drama created by Israel-born choreographer Hofesh Shechter. [Photo provided to]

Double Murder, a dance drama created by Israel-born choreographer Hofesh Shechter, is among the most anticipated shows at the upcoming Shanghai Spring International Music Festival.

Lasting from Mar 22 to Apr 14, the festival will showcase 66 music and dance productions from home and abroad.

Founded in 2008, Hofesh Shechter Company is a boundary-breaking dance company that produces work by its artistic director Shechter and plays in cities all around the world.

Shechter was praised by TimeOut London as "London's most vital choreographer". Shechter shared: "I am driven to create work that speaks the language of the people, of our time, with communication at its heart, and heart as the means of its communication."

"When my dancers are on stage, they are themselves, without pretence. We aim to cut through layers of artifice to reveal things for what they really are, the raw truth, biting at life."

Double Murder consists of two chapters of strikingly different styles. The first half, "Clown", creates a surrealist world and presents a question: How far can we go in the name of entertainment? The second half, "The Fix", releases Schechter's film-like dance, integrating wildness, warmth and hope, and creating a moment full of humanity, primitiveness and sympathy on the stage.

If you go

7:30 pm, March 22-23; 2:00 pm, March 24

Shanghai International Dance Center, 1650 Hongqiao Road, Changning district, Shanghai


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