Dance Performances - Uprising

About Uprising


Created in 2006, Hofesh Shechter’s exhilarating Uprising features seven men who emerge from the shadows to bombard the stage with virile intensity, bonding and sparring in a highly charged work set to a propulsive percussive score by the choreographer himself. Widely considered his breakthrough work, Uprising defined Shechter as a new rebellious voice in dance with an untouchable ability to captivate audiences and set hearts pounding. Utilizing a movement style that is primal and imbued with a certain high-tension energy, the 38-year-old Israeli-born Shechter has risen to become one of Europe’s most sought-after dance creators since his move to London in 2002. Uprising is the first work by Shechter to enter the Ailey repertory.

Uprising was originally commissioned by John Ashford
on behalf of the Robin Howard Foundation with support from Arts Council England
and Jerwood Changing Stages Choreolab at DanceXchange, Birmingham, U.K.

Generous support was provided by
Michele & Timothy Barakett, Natasha Leibel Levine, M.D. & Harlan B. Levine, M.D.,
and The Fred Eychaner New Works Endowment Fund.


Hofesh Shechter is widely regarded as one of the world’s most exciting contemporary choreographers. A graduate of the Jerusalem Academy for Dance and Music and a former company member of the world-renowned Batsheva Dance Company, Mr. Shechter now directs his eponymous company, which tours worldwide throughout the year to both audience and critical acclaim. As a choreographer, his works have been taken into repertories of some of the world’s leading international dance companies, including Nederlands Dans Theater 1, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Carte Blanche Dance Company, and Bern Ballet. In 2013 Mr. Shechter collaborated with the Metropolitan Opera on Nico Mulhy’s opera Two Boys and served as guest director of Brighton Festival 2014. In March 2015 he created a new work, Untouchable, for The Royal Ballet. Mr. Shechter is an associate artist of Sadler’s Wells, London.

Performance Schedule & Tickets

There are no upcoming performances for this repertory piece.


Hofesh Shechter


Bruno Guillore


Music by Hofesh Shechter. Additional music by Vex'd.


Lee Curran

First Performance

2006; Ailey premiere 2014

Run Time

26 minutes

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The male dancers at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater are hardly asthmatic or middle-aged, but this past week, in a New York crowded with street protests, they only had to be tall and black to make audiences think of Eric Garner.
Ailey company members Glenn Allen Sims and Marcus Jarrell Willis share their experiences preparing for 'Uprising,' an intensely powerful and challenging work created by the acclaimed Israeli-born choreographer Hofesh Shechter, in advance of Ailey's 2014 New York City Center season.
Created in 2006, Hofesh Shechter’s critically-acclaimed Uprising features seven men who emerge from the shadows to bombard the stage with furious intensity, bonding and sparring in a highly charged work set to a percussive score by the choreographer himself.