Hofesh Shecter – Political Mother. 27/4/12 The Lowry, Salford.
The programme states ‘Shecter’s first full length work burst onto the world stage in 2010 and since then has been an unstoppable force, touring the world to great acclaim.’ This is due to the mesmerising ensemble pieces, consisting of raw, committed movement and powerful images. Exploring themes of power, oppression and conformity – which are a common trend recently – the dancers take the audience on a painful journey to subjection and back again, in which the choreographer allows the dancers’ individuality come to light.
The element that sets Politcal Mother aside from many other contemporary dance pieces is the choice of a live band and the bold style of music. The musicians are such a part of the staging, and make up almost half of the performers, that Shecter has made a whole performance genre of his own. The daring, deafening music dramatically increased the atmosphere throughout the piece, and continually created the tension. It is fair to say that without the rock music/ gig element, the dancing would be rather underwhelming. Having said that, Political Mother is still an undeniable masterpiece, and I doubt the ‘unstoppable force’ of the piece worldwide is about to slow down.