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One of contemporary dance’s most electrifying luminaries returns to our shores with his grandest work yet.
Let’s begin at the end. As the world teeters on the brink of collapse, Hofesh Shechter is here to preside over our imminent extinction. With Grand Finale the legendary choreographer conjures a frighteningly familiar spectre of a planet threatened by ecological and social disaster, while the people must dance their way through the storm. Arresting in its imagery and riddled with moving honesty, this is dance that gazes into the abyss without blinking.
Melbourne's infatuation with Israeli-born, UK-based choreographer Hofesh Shechter goes back a decade, when the 2009 Festival entries Uprising and In your rooms left audiences gasping for more. 2013 saw the provocative and mesmerising world premiere of Sun, but the years since have only whetted appetites for what comes next.
Grand Finale is replete with the intricate, ecstatic style that is Shechter’s signature while maintaining a coy optimism in the face of chaos. Equal parts dance, theatre and live music gig, this is a wild tour of the apocalypse that may await us.