Grand Finale - Hofesh Schecter
1 hour ago, Thu 21 Mar 2019, 07:30 pm
Sat 23 Mar 2019, 09:10 pm
50 Mayoral Drive
Dance, Theatre, Festivals Arts, Performing Arts
$49 - $89
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.
The Auckland Arts Festival season plays 21 to 23 March 2019 at ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre.
Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.
The full AAF 2019 programme is here.
Recommended age 13+
Contains smoke effects, very loud music and flashing lights
★★★★★ “A mature and magnificent work…sulphurous, visceral and surprisingly tender” The Stage (UK)
★★★★ “The ultimate danse macabre… Hofesh Shechter’s existential anguish and his often beautiful choreography fight to the death” The Observer (UK)
★★★★ “Heart-stopping… Hofesh Shechter’s [Grand Finale] has arrived with a bang” Financial Times (UK)
★★★★ “a wild waltz for the end of time… [Grand Finale] ranks among Shechter’s most sophisticated creations” The Guardian (UK)
“Life flirts with morbidity in Grand Finale, a touching and exhilarating work loaded with emotion. The Israeli choreographer, in his artistic prime, reveals once again the evocative power of his abstract and expressionist creations based on a mastery of rhythm and explosive sounds […] Not to be missed” Le Devoir (Can)