Hofesh Shechter Company and The BRIT School announced today a new partnership which will develop a multi-stranded programme of activity as part of a shared commitment to increasing diversity and equal opportunities within dance and the wider arts sector.
As part of this partnership Hofesh Shechter Company and The BRIT school will re-imagine an extract from Hofesh’s internationally acclaimed work Political Mother as Political Mother: Made in Croydon. This ambitious and extensive project brings together leading artists of Hofesh Shechter Company with over 86 BRIT school students whose specialisms range from dance, music and film, to re-create this bespoke piece alongside a behind-the-scenes documentary for school performances on 14 July.
Stuart Worden, Principal, The BRIT School said “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Hofesh Shechter. I remember a BRIT visit to watch Hofesh’s Political Mother at Brixton Academy. The experience was life changing and this collaboration will be life changing for all our students involved. Hofesh’s embracing of music, dance, theatre and media is deeply akin to the stimulating environment fostered at The BRIT School. We are very excited about how this will grow.”
Speaking about the new partnership, Hofesh Shechter commented “I am enormously excited by the collaboration between my own company and the BRIT School. The school’s breadth of artistic disciplines, focus on excellence, and support for young people parallels with our own apprentice and participation programmes. I hope over the coming years our partnership will inspire a new generation of young people with a passion for dance, music or film by creating opportunities and clearer pathways of progression for all. This is at the heart of what we both believe in, and what together we are working towards.”
Ray Oudkerk, Assistant Principal at The BRIT School added “This large-scale partnership has brought together so many people from both organisations (dancers, support staff, managers, technicians and students) with a shared purpose, centred around Hofesh’s seminal work Political Mother. The project is significant part of the students’ Post 16 qualification and The BRIT School is so proud to be offering such a potent educational experience to young people in the UK.