Cultural life: Hofesh Shechter, choreographer
'Abdullah Ibrahim is a pianist from South Africa and I was completely blown away by the simplicity and emotion of his music'
Friday 25 October 2013
One of the most powerful theatrical experiences I've had was during the 1-on-1-on-1 Festival at Battersea Arts Centre. It's a collection of shows that are almost made for one person at a time. It made me question why I bother trying to create something for thousands when you can make something so powerful like that.
I was introduced to Abdullah Ibrahim's music by a friend. He's a pianist from South Africa and I was completely blown away by the simplicity and emotion of his music. He's in his eighties and still performing really beautiful, heartfelt music.
Anselm Kiefer's painting Cetus, which is just a grey and white landscape, but when you look deeper there's something quite horrifying there. I just saw it in an amazing book by him. His work is quite challenging and divisive.
There are two books I always keep with me: The Inner Game of Tennis. It's actually nothing to do with tennis – it's about the inner conversation you're having with yourself. It really reminded me of the way you work in dance. The other is a poetry book by a Hebrew poet called Dan Pagis. It's very strong poetry that questions humanity and goodness.
Hofesh Shechter's 'Sun', Sadler's Wells, London EC1 (www.sadlerswells.com) 30 October to 3 November
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