Dancers witness chaotic mix of rock and ballet

Dance students, from Block 4 to 6.2, recently visited Sadler’s Wells in London to see the latest dance work Sun, by Hofesh Shechter, a chaotic mix of rock and ballet, at its simplest. However, if you’re looking for his last piece, Political Mother, you may be disappointed.

Hofesh is known for his unique dance style and answering our questions through movement but in contrast to this, Sun had a big use of props used in a more conceptual manner; known to Hofesh fans as very odd coming from him.

At first, we were reassured with his words that everything was going to be okay followed by a five second glimpse of the ending before we were taken on a nightmarish adventure.

From a triumphant sheep standing in centre stage to a woman screaming in the front of the audience, shocking the poor woman sitting next to her (multiple times), Sun was definitely something that I hadn’t seen before.

As a big fan of his work, I found his exploration of a different style rather refreshing, although the overuse of cardboard sheep a little tedious.

Two stories were told, one through props: tribes, sheep and wolves, and the other with a population of dancers in 18th century style clothes. The structure was cleverly devised, chopping and changing between the two.

I would be very surprised if no one was even a little distressed from the piece, either by the overpowering music or the unnerving ways the dancer’s bodies could move. However there must be a reason for all of this… right?

In my opinion, I don’t think that there was a moral to the story or an overriding message but more the fact that our world is uncontrollable and we shouldn’t fret over the small things. As demonstrated by the sheep rocking out to heavy metal music and the climax of dancers running frantically around the stage.

Although Sun might not be everybody’s cup of tea, Hofesh is one of the only choreographers who can hypnotise an audience with his powers of choreography and sheep, personally I loved it.

In short, the message is: Dance, it’s good for you.

By Thomas Higginson, 6.1


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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