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Hofesh Shechter’s Deceptive Light At BAM

Hofesh Shechter’s Deceptive Light At BAM

In “Political Mother,” Hofesh Shechter’s 2012 debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Howard Gilman Opera House was bathed in darkness. The music was loud, explosive hard rock.

This past weekend, the company returned to BAM with the American premiere of “Sun,” which was part of the 2013 Next Wave Festival.

While “Political Mother” was heavy and ominous, “Sun” appeared to be lighter, brighter and more humorous, with its commedia dell’arte costumes and lighthearted introduction, yet “Sun” incorporated a number of weighty elements including murder.

The soundtrack for “Sun” (featuring music by Shechter himself), much like the corresponding dance, was diverse in its range, juxtaposing opposites in swift succession: loud and soft sounds, jittery tremors and flowing movements. The dancers exploded in bursts and rambled, incorporating Eastern European circle dances, modern dance and ballet. The lighting designer, Lee Curran, deserves special mention, for beautiful work with light and shadows.

Schechter was born in Israel and currently lives in London. He began his dance career with the Batsheva company, before learning to become a percussive musician. Now, he is an associate artist at Sadler’s Wells and his troupe is resident company at Brighton Dome.

Caroline Lagnado is an arts writer in New York.

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