William Forsythe

Heterotopia, Tänzerin: Yoko Ando  © Dominik Mentzos
'Sider' © Dominik Mentzos
'Sider' © Dominik Mentzos

William Forsythe is recognised as one of the world’s foremost choreographers. His work is acknowledged for reorienting the practice of ballet from its identification with classical repertoire to a dynamic 21st century art form. Forsythes deep interest in the fundamental principles of organisation has led him to produce a wide range of projects including installations, films and web-based knowledge creation.

The Forsythe Company is supported by the city of Dresden and the Free State of Saxony as well as the city of Frankfurt am Main and the state of Hessen. The Forsythe Company is company-in-residence of both HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts Dresden and the Bockenheimer Depot in Frankfurt am Main. With special thanks to the ALTANA Kulturstiftung for supporting The Forsythe Company.

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Heterotopia, Tänzerin: Yoko Ando  © Dominik MentzosWilliam Forsythe is a choreographer; he is a researcher, storyteller and comedian. In the installation »WIRDS« (2011), the dancers are instructed to let go of their idea at precisely the moment when they realise it. This task is one that Forsythe also gives himself. He doesn’t hold on to anything; he renews his work constantly. He makes visible the expanse of what dance is and how it can be experienced in choreographic objects and installations. In digital research projects such as »Motion Bank«, he searches for new methods of analysis and translation for choreography. The Forsythe Company’s pieces are as funny as they are theatrical; crude characters with unbelievable mobility populate the stage. Cowboys, fitness queens, scoundrels and hybrid creatures test behaviours and push the boundaries of representation. The art market is sideswiped in quotes, and popular culture also gets what’s coming to it – for example, the divas of the art business who occupy the ship of fools in »The Returns« (2011). Nonetheless, it is not art for art’s sake; ontological research takes place in these absurd spaces between life, dreams and death. They are inexhaustible spaces of potential, in which associations, sounds and movement, philosophy and history are loosely tied to one another in order to suddenly open up other worlds. And the observations of the present that are drawn and commented on in the anti-war pieces »Clouds After Cranach« (2005) and »The Defenders« (2007) are certainly astute – because the horrible can’t exist without the humorous, the highs without the lows nor art without the world.
Esther Boldt

If dance does only what we assume it can do, it will expire. I keep trying to test the limits of the concept of choreography.
William Forsythe

    Works available for touring

    Heterotopia, Tänzerin: Yoko Ando  © Dominik MentzosVarious productions from the repertoire
    are available for touring.

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    Phone: +49 (0) 69 907 39 91 00