Hofesh Shechter Company host an unforgettable dance weekend on the National Theatre’s River Stage


Hofesh Shechter Company take over the National Theatre’s River Stage for the penultimate weekend as part of the free summer festival on London’s South Bank. The award-winning dance company invites audiences to an exclusive performance of their latest work, live music, workshops and films, promising to be an explosive celebration of all things dance, from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 August.

On Friday, Hofesh Shechter Company kick off the River Stage weekend with their 2018 production, SHOW, a whirlwind of choreographed anarchy, where each dancer plays their part in a macabre circus of comedy, murder and desire. DJ Golden RATIФ continues the evening’s performances with a set that journeys through different music genres and cultures, followed by a bold and exhilarating screening of the Hofesh Shechter’s Clowns film. Currently on international tour, Contemporary Dance 2.0 brings the night to a close with Shechter’s signature ensemble work performed by the 2022 Shechter II cohort.

There’s a chance to learn new skills over the weekend with contemporary dance and percussion workshops for all ages. Enjoy a spectacular showcase of live dance and music by Yeji Kim, Liam Francis and Shechter II, then catch a screening of the complex and thrilling film, Political Mother: The Final Cut, especially reimagined for the big screen, with an extract of the performance delivered by students from the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training programme.

Guests will also find a tasty KERB market alongside the performance stages, where the street food line-up includes Nazari, Baba Dhaba, Lil Watan, Gamekeeper, STAKEHaus and Milk Tree. The Understudy, one of London’s favourite theatre bars, will be slinging tacos from Dos Mas and Nashville hot chicken from Lucky’s, whilst Bob’s Lobster up on the National Theatre terrace offers a more formal affair, serving up their signature lobster rolls and more. If there’s one thing for sure, guests certainly won’t go hungry (or thirsty, with drinks from independents such as Gipsy Hill and East London Liquor Co. at all the bars).

National Theatre’s River Stage festival returns to the South Bank this summer with a fantastic free summer programme. Over five weekends, from Friday 15 July to Sunday 14 August, leading arts and culture organisations from London and beyond will take over the stage – including an unmissable line-up of performances from drag artists, dance companies, music, comedy, spoken word and more.