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Grand Finale

Choreography and music by Hofesh Shechter

Hofesh Shechter Company

HOME, 22 May 2019

Grand Finale by Hofesh Shechter. Photo by Rahi Rezvani.

A compelling watch, this show, although pretty disturbing at times.

Bodies are dragged along the floor. Dancer’s mouths gape wide, trauma etched on faces. There is an embrace and a couple dance but then the man discovers that his beloved is lifeless. Her arms dangle.

The group scenes are also mesmerising, evoking media images of protest, conflict and violence. You don’t know exactly what events Shechter is referencing – maybe the Arab Spring, genocide in Africa, an episode from  Europe’s own legacy of darkness – but you can always foresee a new horror coming into view.

When the strains of the Merry Widow Waltz are heard, you are reminded of Carl Zuckmayer’s description of Vienna in March 1938, of how on the streets the gates of Hell opened up. In this respect, the tame salute at the close of the first half was a bit of a cop-out.

As an exemplar of cutting-edge modern dance, Grand Finale really cannot be bettered. It is razor sharp.

Grand Finale is at HOME until 25 May, details here.