Hofesh Shechter Company today announced the full UK tour dates for From England with Love, the compelling new work from the renowned choreographer performed by his prestigious company, Shechter II.

The production will open to press at the Southbank Centre’s, Queen Elizabeth Hall on THURSDAY 18 APRIL before travelling to artsdepot, HOME (Manchester), Exeter Northcott Theatre, Derby Theatre, Blackpool Grand Theatre, DanceEast (Ipswich) and The Riley (Leeds), as well an extensive international tour, including performances at Teatro Municipale Valli (Reggio Emilia, Italy), Theater Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Théâtre de la Ville, Théâtre des Abbesses (Paris), with further performances throughout France, as well as in Spain and Germany.

From England with Love is a paean to the multi-layered complexity that is England. Through Shechter’s choreography, the dancers will evoke the paradox at the heart of this open, generous, and soul-searching land, conflicted by its dark history and powerful attachment to deep-rooted traditions. They draw us into their search for identity and self-knowledge as they grapple with this complex system of values.

Playful and poignant, full of pride and paradox, From England with Love is performed like a ‘Dear John' letter, a farewell note to old England and a glimpse into the heart and soul of this beautiful, yet complicated place.

Performed to an original score composed by Shechter, this new piece will bring together the beauty, wit and invention of the best of English classical composers, presented in a clash with raging rock alongside echoes of choral song and electronics in an avant-garde cacophony.

Over 1,200 dancers aged between 18 and 25, auditioned for Shechter II from 34 countries and the final eight were drawn from the most inspiring young talent across the world. They are Holly Brennan (UK), Yun-chi Mai (Taiwan), Eloy Cojal Mestre (Spain), Matthea Lára Pedersen (Iceland), Piers Sanders (UK), Rowan Van Sen (Netherlands) Gaetano Signorelli (Italy) and Toon Theunissen (Belgium).

Shechter II builds on Hofesh Shechter Company’s firm commitment to nurturing the young artists of our future. Few up-and-coming dancers have the chance to create and perform in different spaces to different audiences supported by an experienced creative and technical team. Shechter II provides a paid programme of professionally aligned research and development which aims to develop young dance artists who deeply understand their practice, who are engaged, curious and who embrace self-reflection.

From England with Love is produced by Hofesh Shechter Company and co-commissioned by Château Rouge, scène conventionnée – Annemasse, Espace 1789, scène conventionnée danse - Saint-Ouen, Scène nationale de Bourg-en-Bresse, Düsseldorf Festival!, Escales Danse, with production support from Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Fondazione I Teatri Reggio Emilia and a production residency at DanceEast, Ipswich.

From England with Love premiered on 11 February 2021 at Zuiderstrandtheater in The Hague, The Netherlands, and was originally performed by Nederlands Dans Theater 1.

Hofesh Shechter Company gratefully receives support towards the delivery of Shechter II 2024. This includes core funding from John Ellerman Foundation and The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation and project funding from Jerwood Foundation towards Jerwood ?? SII – a new Continued Professional Development offer to the dancers.

16 March 2024 Teatro Ludovico Ariosto, Reggio Emilia, Italy
19 March 2024 Teatro Comunale di Vicenza, Italy
21 March 2024 Teatro Amilcare Ponchielli, Cremona, Italy
23 March 2024 Teatro Grande, Brescia, Italy
17 - 20 April 2024 The Southbank Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hall. London, UK
2 - 4 May 2024 Château Rouge, Annemasse, France
8 - 9 May 2024 artsdepot, North Finchley, UK
22 May 2024 À la Faïencerie – scène conventionnée, Creil, France
24 May 2024 Espace Germinal, Fosses , France
26 May 2024 Le Figuier Blanc, Argenteuil, France
29 May 2024 Theater Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1 - 2 June 2024 Scène de nationale Bourg-en-Bresse, France
6 - 8 June 2024 HOME, Manchester, UK
11-12 June 2024 Exeter Northcott Theatre, UK
18 June 2024 Théâtre de Cahors, France
4 - 13 July 2024 Théâtre de la Ville, Théâtre des Abbesses, Paris, France
19 - 21 July 2024 Grec Festival de Barcelona, Spain

Full autumn tour to be announced includes:
11 September 2024 Derby Theatre, UK
24 - 25 September 2024 Blackpool Grand Theatre, UK
23 - 26 October 2024 DanceEast, Ipswich, UK
9 November 2024 The Riley, Leeds, UK