The Perfect Human

The Perfect Human by Hofesh Shechter, Photography by Hugo Glendinning 2008

The Perfect Human is a dark unsettling piece that questions our search for perfection.

The piece starts by presenting us with the perfect human and ends with an anxious getaway with helicopter sounds looming above. Apart from its dense character other strong aspects of this piece are the contagious music – which alternates between rhythmic drums and lyrical classical music - and the relentless movement that is carried throughout.

Choreographer Hofesh Shechter uses the title, The Perfect Human, in an ironic and thought-provoking manner, questioning the man-made concept of perfection. Juxtaposing edgy, obsessive movements with the questions ‘How does the perfect human move?’, ‘Why does he move like that?’, the feeling is one of uncomfortable but compulsive interest in finding out what will happen next.

Production Details

  • Year: 2008
  • Choreography: Hofesh Shechter
  • Lighting Design: Lee Curran
  • Composer: Hofesh Shechter


Hofesh Shechter Hofesh was born in Jerusalem. He graduated from the Jerusalem Academy for Dance and Music before moving to Tel Aviv to join the world renowned Batsheva Dance Company, where he worked with Artistic Director Ohad Naharin. His choreographic debut, Fragments, won first place in the 3rd Serge Diaghilev choreography competition. In 2004 Hofesh was commissioned by The Place Prize to create the sextet, Cult. The work was one of five selected finalists and was announced winner of the Audience Choice Award. From 2004 to 2006 Hofesh was Associate Artist with The Place and was commissioned by their Robin Howard Foundation to created Uprising, his ever-popular work for 7 men. In 2007 London’s three major dance venues, The Place, Southbank Centre and Sadler’s Wells, collaborated on a unique producing venture, commissioning Hofesh to create his new work In your rooms, which was presented at all three venues and culminated in sell-out shows at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. In April/May 2006 Hofesh worked as choreographer at The Royal Court Theatre for Motortown by Simon Stephens, which premiered in May 2006 and on “The Arsonists” which premiered in November 2007, collaborating with Director Ramin Gray on both productions. Hofesh Shechter is a Creative Associate at The Point, Eastleigh