Hofesh Shechter at the Royal Ballet

November 28, 2001

Israeli-born choreographer Hofesh Shechter is best known for his grounded, highly physical contemporary work. In March, he will take over the Royal Opera House stage in London, with a world premiere for The Royal Ballet.

spoke with the choreographer prior to the premiere, and now, you can get a glimpse of his process in a behind-the-scenes video from The Royal. Shechter talks about translating his complex movement language onto highly trained ballet bodies, and his hope that the work will shift the energy in the house.

Currently, the Royal is gearing up for a summer tour to the U.S.—its first in eleven years—as well as a world premiere by Wayne McGregor inspired by the life and work of Virginia Woolf. Add Shechter’s complex, non-balletic choreography to the mix and the company seems poised for a highly innovative spring and summer season.