Year 13 A-Level dancers along with, Dance Teacher, Elaine Vanner and Performing Arts Administrator Donna Howell had the opportunity to watch the breath-taking premiere of Hofesh Schechter’s Grand Finale.

On Tuesday 12th September Year 13 A-Level dancers along with, Dance Teacher, Elaine Vanner and Performing Arts Administrator Donna Howell had the opportunity to watch the breath-taking premiere of Hofesh Schechter’s Grand Finale.

We travelled to the prestigious Sadlers Wells Theatre in London where we were VIP guests.  The piece was based on current events throughout the world and how they are shaping the future and it was incredible to see how perfectly this was encapsulated in the movement, music and lighting.  All these medians came together to create a really thought provoking and emotional performance portraying the despair and ignorance surrounding national and international issues also the joy and euphoria that often accompanies them.

Hofesh created a work that is raw and refined all at once, overwhelming the audience with powerful harsh movements and heavy music contrasted with uplifting, joyful sections. All this is accomplished without losing the fluid style characteristic to the company.

Ark Helenswood have been involved with the Hofesh company since 2012 and it was wonderful to see the actual company on stage, including those dancers who have taught us over the years. The performance will also assist with A Level Dance studies as the Hofesh Company is now part of the AQA Dance syllabus.

The trip was a phenomenal and unique experience that we all enjoyed. Grand Finale is an excellent tribute to current affairs that demonstrated the power of dance and joy of movement in times of uncertainty.

‘We dance to know what it feels like, not just to live, but to be alive. In all our work, we strive to move ourselves and our audiences, beyond reason.’ Hofesh Shechter Company team.