Staatstheater Nürnberg



Choreographies by Hofesh Shechter (thE bAD) and Goyo Montero (Anthem)

Monday, 27/03/2023

07.00 PM - 08.30 PM

with one break

Public Rehearsal


Abo T, Abo T1, Abo T2

Anthem header

Music by Mystikal, Hespèrion XX, Jordi Savall & Owen Belton

Deutsche Erstaufführung

Hofesh Shechter is considered one of the most exciting exponents of contemporary dance. Following on from his “Disappearing Act” the universal artist returns to the Nürnberger Ballett to stage another of his entrancing pieces. The work he has chosen to present, with an expanded cast for the Nuremberg venue, is his urban-toned “tHE bAD”, an explosion of raw, aggressive step sequences spliced with moments of calmer, trance-like poeticism.

In his extraordinary “Anthem”, commissioned in 2018 by the prestigious São Paulo Companhia de Dança, Goyo Montero deconstructs the unending cycle of life to produce an acutely topical snapshot of a deeply divided society rendered in the form of a powerful ensemble piece. Yet “Anthem” is also a study of the human voice, a choreographed visualisation of its variety and complexity as exemplified by a mantra, a hymn, a lullaby, songs of love and protest and the final breath.

by Goyo Montero
World premiere: 13th September 2019, São Paulo Companhia de Dança, São Paulo (BRA)

Concept and choreography: Goyo Montero
composition: Owen Belton
Costumes: Fábio Namatame, Goyo Montero
Light design: Nicolás Fischtel, Goyo Montero

tHE bAD (DE)
by Hofesh Shechter
Musik von Mystikal, Hespèrion XX, Jordi Savall und Hofesh Shechter
World premiere: 30th April 2015, Hofesh Shechter Company, Manchester (UK)

Concept, choreography, composition: Hofesh Shechter
Casting: Bruno Guillore
Rehearsal director: Kim Kohlmann, Hofesh Shechter
Costume concept: Hofesh Shechter
Light design: Hofesh Shechter, Lawrie McLennan
Technical Advisor: Alan Valentine

tHE bAD is presented in association with Hofesh Shechter Company

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Dates and cast

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Press reviews
Nürnberger Nachrichten/Nürnberger Zeitung

„An outstanding company; clever, stirring choreographies - and above all: a perfect soundtrack twice over.“

Thomas Heinold, Nürnberger Nachrichten/Nürnberger Zeitung

Bayerischer Rundfunk

„Two very different choreographers, two very different pieces that complement each other in their own way. Dancing at the highest level. Outstanding.“

Christine Weirauch, BR 24


„Tanz total! Die beiden vor Vitalität explodierenden Kurzstücke von Goyo Montero und Hofesh Shechter ergänzen sich perfekt. (...) 55 Minuten-Tanzkraftfelder der aufregenden, bezwingenden Art – keine Minute zu viel oder zu wenig.“

Roland H. Dippel, concerti

Bayerische Staatszeitung

„Two masters of their craft who (...) show what is current and ´state of the art´, what dance can say and trigger when it is brought to the stage in such a sophisticated way. (...) an ingenious lighting design that conjures up atmosphere, unusual costumes, precisely matching and emotional music that triggers the choreographies and drives them in the desired direction - and above all dancers who move technically at the highest level and who give everything to embody the choreographic signatures with passion and ecstasy.“

Renate Baumiller-Guggenberger, Bayerische Staatszeitung

"In the end, one feels visually richly gifted by the excellent dancers. (...) The parallels between Montero's 'Anthem' and Shechter's 'tHE bAD' are striking. Both pieces shine and complement each other like two sides of the same coin. You can't get enough of that!"

Vesna Mlakar,

Der Opernfreund

„Riesenapplaus für zwei packende Choreografien und ein fantastisch gutes Ensemble.“

Frank Piontek, Der Opernfreund

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