Hofesh Shechter’s Clowns is a dance film that is a macabre comedy of murder and desire, asking how far will we go in the name of entertainment.
Directed, choreographed, and composed by Hofesh Shechter, Clowns is reimagined for the first time on screen in a film that combines bold, exhilarating, and tribal movements by ten dancers with a percussive, cinematic score.
Unlike anything audiences will have seen before, 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. The 30-minute film was produced by the Hofesh Shechter Company and Illuminations and shot on location by cinematographer, Sebastian Cort, at the iconic Rivoli Ballroom in South London.
The piece combines Shechter’s choreography with a percussive, cinematic score. The camera gets up very close to the exceptionally talented ensemble of world-class dancers: Chien-Ming Chang, Frédéric Despierre, Rachel Fallon, Mickaël Frappat, Yeji Kim, Kim Kohlmann, Erion Kruja, Merel Lammers, Attila Ronai, and Diogo Sousa.
Director: Hofesh Shechter
Choreographer: Hofesh Shechter
Composer: Hofesh Shechter
Costume Designer: Christina Cunningham
Director of Photography: Sebastian Cort
Editor: Todd MacDonald
Producer: Henny Finch
Producer: John Wyver