Real Talk with BRUNO GUILLORE Associate Artistic Director of the Hofesh Shechter Company based in London, England.


When someone is being interviewed, they always put their best face forward. "Real Talk" is designed to help young dancers and professionals by providing them with the whole truth about the problems faced by artists...on stage and off.  Interview by Armando Braswell

© Photo by Jack Walters
Tell me about the job you do now?

I am the Associate Artistic Director of the Hofesh Shechter Company. My job is to keep the integrity of the artistic work. When I am not re-staging works of Hofesh on other companies, I am mostly working with our company full time. It is a lot of office work as well. A lot of planning, scheduling and thinking about where we want the company to be artistically, in the next years.

Something you have learned making the transition from dancer to Associate Director?

When you are a dancer everything is about you. About you getting the best information and doing the best with that information. When you go the other side nothing is about you. Everything is about the group. The first thing you have to become is a leader. You have to know how to motivate people... how to get the best out of them. There is a lot of psychology in it also. Some people need the stick, some people need the carrot. I try to understand how they work and get the best out of our team. It is like suddenly you are serving a group and it is not about you.

„Human sheep“ Bruno Guillore © Jack Walters

Could you describe the style of a Hofesh Shechter ballet in words?

It looks very instinctive, even if it’s really planned and worked out. I think there is a brew in place where instinct is king. It's exciting, very musical and very groovy. He is a drummer so he creates most of the music himself. There is a real connection between the dance and the movement. It is complex and crafted, but there is a side of it that feels hand made. It's not a super sleek cold world...not very clean.  It is almost as if someone took a screwdriver and made this with their hands. A kind of like this raw place. Don't misunderstand me, it is not messy at all. When you know the structure it is very organized. An organized chaos. I think for the public it can be quite violent... in your face. I think if you come on the wrong day you might not connect with the pieces emotionally. On another day it will take you on a roller coaster of emotions.

What types of dancers do you like?

We are looking for people who are physically extremely able. A good improviser. That can really connect to the emotions, therefore the audience. The mixture is very difficult to find. Sometimes you find someone who is amazing theatrically but then they struggle with the material. Sometimes people are really great at making the material, but they are poor improvisers. To find some who has it all, is very difficult.

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