Clowns for BBC Two’s Performance Live

21st September 2018

One of the highlights of the summer was working with Hofesh Shechter to film his half-hour dance work Clowns. The film is first screened tomorrow night, 22 September, on BBC Two at 10.30pm, and will then be on BBC iPlayer for 30 days – link to follow. We are thrilled to have collaborated with Hofesh Shechter Company to help create what I think is a genuinely innovative and bold  film for the screen.

Hofesh Shechter’s Clowns was commissioned by the BBC as part of the Performance Live strand – a partnership between BBC Arts, Arts Council England and Battersea Arts Centre, showcasing some of the most exciting artists working in performance today. With cinematographer Sebastian Cort, we shot the film over five days on location at Rivoli Ballroom in South London. The editor was Todd MacDonald, who also took these striking images. Henny Finch and I are the producers.

Directed, choreographed and composed by Hofesh Shechter, Clowns features 10 of his world class dancers playing out a macabre comedy of murder and desire, and asks: how far will we go in the name of entertainment? The piece combines Hofesh’s bold, exhilarating and tribal choreography with a percussive, cinematic score and the camera gets up close to the exceptionally talented ensemble of dancers. Coming from 8 different countries, they are Chien-Ming Chang, Frédéric Despierre, Rachel Fallon, Mickaël Frappat, Yeji Kim, Kim Kohlmann, Erion Kruja, Merel Lammers, Attila Ronai, and Diogo Sousa. The associate director is Bruno Guillore.

Shechter’s blackly comic portrayal of this group of murderous clowns was commissioned by Nederlands Dans Theater in 2016 and was revived in part in the recent production of SHOW performed by Shechter II, the choreographer’s apprentice company.



  1. Karin Mason (Mrs) says:

    Please can you advise me if and where I can purchase a DVD Hofesh Shechter’s ‘Clowns’, as shown on September 22nd, 2018.

  2. John Wyver says:

    Thanks for your enquiry. There are no plans for a DVD release at present, but the film is available on BBC iPlayer for the next 29 days

  3. DANIEL says:

    Bonjour, où est-il possible de voir ce film? Merci par avance

  4. John McMurtrie says:

    Hi there,
    Clowns has long since disappeared from BBC iPlayer. Is there anywhere else to stream/download/buy the film?

    • John Wyver says:

      Many thanks for your enquiry. I’m afraid it’s no currently possible to access Clowns, although we’re working on ways in which that might be possible. Apologies – and we’ll post any news about that as soon as we know.

  5. Morgan Rose Aldrich says:

    I also would like to purchase or view the work! I would love if it were made available for download!

  6. Catherine Rice says:


    I would also love to be able to purchase a DVD of Clowns or Show.


    • John Wyver says:

      Thanks, Catherine. We’re just exploring the possibilities of a DVD release for Clowns. Nothing is fixed yet, but we’ll post news about it as soon as any details are finalised.

  7. Andrew Walker says:

    I too would like to be able to watch this again/buy.

    • Tom Allen says:

      Hi Andrew, Thanks for your question. We’re currently discussing this but we can’t give any further information as of yet. Keep an eye out on the news section of our website or social media for updates.

  8. Andrew Walker says:

    Still waiting, but glad to see it has re-appeared on BBC iPlayer but only for two months.

  9. Pamela says:

    Please please either make clowns available to purchase, download or show again on BBC.

  10. enf says:

    Surely ’tis a no-brainer to produce a dvd of “Clowns”? I showed it to many people on i Player. Without exception they were stunned and then went off to tell their friends.

  11. Carie Houston says:

    It would be absolutely Fantastic if Clowns was available to purchase! I saw it On BBC iplayer a couple of years ago and loved it. I’d love to be able to introduce my dance/ performing arts students to this wonderful work! 🤞🏻

  12. Marie says:

    I also would like to purchase or view the work! I would love if it were made available for download!

    • Tom Allen says:

      We would very much like to release it digitally and we’re currently exploring options. Follow us on social media and subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date on our new releases.

  13. Tom Allen says:

    Hi Maire,

    We’re very please to annouce that Clowns is now avalible to download from our website!

  14. Tom Allen says:

    It’s taken some time, but Clowns is now avalible from our website

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