Grand Finale: Behind the Music

Music is an intrinsic part of the work of our Associate Artist, Hofesh Shechter. The Guardian describe his 2010 production of Political Mother as being, “more like a rock concert than a contemporary dance show.” His latest work, Grand Finale, like many other of his shows features an electrifying and atmospheric original score composed by Hofesh himself.

“I want the musicians to exist in their own bubble…” says Hofesh. “Whilst the chaos is happening around them, whilst the world is falling apart, whilst the titanic is sinking, they are the band, they are the ones that just keep the humanity, that keep the simplicity, that keep the beauty. No matter what happens on stage – people die, come back to life, go insane – you know there is beauty…”

Grand Finale is set to make a thundering return to Sadler’s Wells this July after receiving much acclaim when it premiered last autumn. Shechter created this apocalyptic vision of the world from a curiosity in observing the news, current world events and the cycle of chaos, crisis and calm which can be felt in his choreography.

Chris Allan, one of the musicians in Grand Finale says, “The idea that the ‘band plays on’ is a strong element – the show closes with the same material as the beginning, it is like a living breathing continuum….We are a living entity in the midst of chaos.”

Dancer Chien-Ming Chien joined the company in 2008 and describes Hofesh’s score for his latest work during the rehearsal period. “For me this piece has music that feels wide – some electronic, some classical, some voices. It doesn’t make me feel heavy. There is beauty and passion in the music he’s played us so far…”

Listen to some of the music featured in Grand Finale below:

Grand Finale returns to Sadler’s Wells from 4 – 7 July. Tickets are available now priced from £12 by calling the Ticket Office on 020 7863 8000 or book online.