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One, Grand Finale and ORBIT Festival coming up at HOME Manchester

One (pictured above) is presented by Bertrand Lesca & Nasi Voutsas (Wed 8 – Fri 10 May). The return of Grand Finale is presented by Hofesh Shechter Company (Wed 22 – Sat 25 May). And finally, the programme for HOME’s fourth annual ORBIT Festival, which runs this year 18 Sept – 5 Oct.

Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas, are back at HOME with One, the third production in their trilogy of shows tackling contemporary political questions in an immediate, accessible form. The first two, Eurohouse and Palmyra played to great acclaim in our 2017 Orbit Festival. Where Eurohouse considered Greece’s relationship with the European Union just as the United Kingdom was deciding whether to leave or remain the EU, and Palmyra offered an allegory of civilisation and barbarism in the light of the Syrian crisis, One takes as its point of departure the polarisation of politics today. Beginning amid the ruins of an unresolved conflict, Bert and Nasi’s new piece examines the left through the prism of the right, and the walls we build to protect the difference between what we say and who we really are. Nasi is on a ladder. He’s not coming down any time soon. Is it time for Bert’s solo career to begin, or can they find some common ground, however unsteady? As in their previous work, One draws on Bert and Nasi’s on-stage relationship to undercut and explore the unsettling dynamics of contemporary politics. With their trademark humour and direct interaction with audiences, their work makes us rethink our role as ‘active’ spectators in global conflicts. One was first presented as a work-in-progress at the 2018 Festival de Otoño in Madrid. The production comes to HOME before a limited run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019 (Thursday 22 August – Saturday 24 August, Rose Bruford @ Upper Church, Summerhall) before embarking on a UK tour in September 2019.

HOME is delighted to welcome back the internationally celebrated Hofesh Shechter Company for a second run comprising four performances of Grand Finale, a spectacularly bold and ambitious piece featuring 10 dancers and six musicians, first seen in a sell-out run at HOME in January 2018. Grand Finale returns to HOME, Wednesday 22 – Saturday 25 May 2019. With choreography and music by Hofesh Shechter, design by Tom Scutt and lighting by Tom Visser, Grand Finale – described as a ‘fine spectacle’ ‘heartstopping’, ‘a truly awe-inspiring piece of physical theatre’, and ‘a must’ – features live music played on stage by a sextet of classical musicians. Finale is at once comic, bleak and beautiful, evoking a world at odds with itself, full of anarchic energy and violent comedy. Filtering this irrepressible spirit, Shechter creates a vision of a world in freefall, part-gig, part-dance, parttheatre, and wholly original. The production received its world premiere at La Villette in Paris in June 2017 in a co-production with Théâtre de la Ville, prior to a critically acclaimed UK premiere in September at Sadler’s Wells, London. It has since enjoyed an extensive international tour to leading venues and festivals in the UK and around the world, including Colours International Dance Festival, Stuttgart; Dansens Hus, Oslo; Danse Danse, Montreal; Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York; as well as its run at HOME. The company’s exceptional ensemble of dancers come from eight different countries, including Chien-Ming Chang, Frederic Despierre, Rachel Fallon, Mickael Frappat, Yeji Kim, Kim Kohlmann, Erion Kruja, Merel Lammers,Attila Ronai, Diogo Sousa, with Associate Director Bruno Guillore. Grand Finale is produced by Hofesh Shechter Company, commissioned by Georgia Rosengarten, and generously supported by the International Music and Arts Foundation.

The world is becoming more divisive; people increasingly at odds with one another. For HOME’s fourth annual Orbit Festival in 2019, we have assembled a group of artists, theatre-makers, provokers and thinkers who are exploring this prevailing divide and how we might conquer it, together. These artists are looking at what unites us, makes us strong and how we connect with each other. They are looking at how we care for and share with one another. How we come to be in this place. In this space. Amongst this year’s festival highlights are Clean Break’s Sweatbox, performed to audiences of 12 in a prison van (Thu 19-Sat 21 Sept); Care, from The Pappy Show, which celebrates 70 years of the NHS (Fri 20/Sat 21 Sept); HOME Associate Artist La John Joseph’s A Generous Lover, a haunting queer tale about someone navigating the minefield that is mental illness (Tue 24/Wed 25 Sept); the return of HOME favourites Sh!t Theatre with Sh!t Theatre Drink Rum With Ex-Pats, a hilarious account of their experiences in the European Capital of Culture 2018 in Malta (Thu 26-Sat 28 Sept); Total Theatre Award-winners 2017 YESYESNONO with the accident did not take place, inspired by the 21st century phenomenon of posttruth news (Fri 27/Sat 28 Sept); and Queens of Sheba from the multi-award winning Nouveau Riché, the stirring Edinburgh Festival hit of how four young black women were turned away from a nightclub for being ‘too black’ (Tue 1- Sat 5 Oct). In addition, many of the shows are accompanied by post-show discussions and workshops.