A serious standout of HOME’s Spring/Summer 2022 theatre season, choreographer-composer Hofesh Shechter introduces his thrillingly discordant double bill to the Manchester stage on June 22nd with a troupe of renowned dancers performing to his original score. A show of two halves as much in energy as it is in schedule, Double Murder is a comedy-drama which reveals our growing apathy towards violence before gently balancing it with the compassionate fragility at our collective core.

The first half of the show, Clowns, is Schechter’s knowing and creatively anarchic nod to humanity’s increasing insensitivity towards violence on every scale. A ‘macabre comedy of murder and desire,’ the meticulous choreography transmutes dance into physical torment in a symbolic test of our limits in the name of entertainment. Originally produced for Nederlands Dans Theater 1, Clowns was adapted as a standalone film which was broadcast to rave reviews by the BBC.

Featuring dancers described in Theatre Weekly’s five-star review as moving ‘absolutely synchronously, like one big breathing creature’, Double Murder’s tender second half offers a balm to the first in The Fix. Full of vulnerability and hope, Shechter’s score weaves through his fluid choreography with cinematic longing and sweeping euphoria, washing over the jagged tension of Clowns as he explores the internal struggle which defines our condition.

Wed 22 Jun - Sat 25 Jun, 7.30pm, HOME MCR,
2 Tony Wilson Pl, Manchester, M15 4FN
, £10-£20
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Wed 1 Jun 2022