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Inventive dance trilogy comes to NAC + ticket giveaway

By Alejandro Bustos on November 8, 2015


We are giving away a pair of tickets to the Wednesday, October 11 performance of Barbarians by the Hofesh Shechter Company at the NAC. To enter, send an email with the subject line “Contest – Barbarians” to by 4 pm Monday, November 9. A winner will be picked and notified on Monday evening.

Israeli-born dancer and choreographer Hofesh Shechter has gained an international reputation for his innovative work. In particular, his new trilogy Barbarians has earned him praise the world over.

Currently touring Canada for a series of shows, he now brings Barbarians to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, where the Hofesh Shechter Company performs on November 10 and 11.

The three works in this new trilogy — Barbarians in Love; tHE bAD; and Two Completely Different Angles of the Same Fucking Thing – offer a unique look into both the intensity and triviality of human love.

“[Barbarians] is about the disconnect there is between ourselves, our bodies and the set of rules and culture around us,” says Shechter, who has been based in the United Kingdom for over a decade. “We all have plans and we all f–k them up constantly, because of the instincts that are driving us.  I experience constant failing in my dreams of life. I am probably not alone in that.”

While influenced by the baroque era, Barbarians also contains modern influences. In fact, as can be seen by the video clip below, the upcoming show in Ottawa combines a strong urban feel with classic baroque sensibilities.

The Hofesh Shechter Company performs at the NAC on November 10 and 11 at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased online or at the NAC box office and start at $25. Note: This performance contains nudity, explicit lyrics, haze, flashing lights and loud music.