Van Cleef & Arpels
Prize for Ballet
LIGHT: Bach dances (working title) - Hofesh Shechter Company and Royal Danish Opera co-production © Tony Birch i
“I have always been fascinated by death and the perspective it gives to our lives but here, now, facing real people facing death, I hope to stare into this dark abyss and feel at ease in a way that celebrates our existence.”
Hofesh Shechter, Co-director and Choreographer
Bach’s cantatas, Hofesh Shechter’s profoundly affecting choreography and audio testimony of people facing death come together in a moving, thought-provoking and life-affirming dance, music and theatre piece. Only by dancing in the abyss can we celebrate the LIGHT.
"The Jury of the FEDORA - VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Prize for Ballet 2020 chose the project of Hofesh Shechter and the Royal Danish Theatre, based on Bach, but treating the historic Bach in a contemporary way. It was an integrated project with singers, dancers, and the wonderful Danish baroque Orchestra and the Jury believed in the huge talent of Hofesh Shechter."
Nicholas Payne, Director of Opera Europa and Chair of the FEDORA - VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Prize for Ballet 2020 Jury
Co-Director and Choreographer
Lars Ulrik Mortensen
Set and Costume Designer
Royal Danish Opera