William Forsythe

A quiet evening of dance
United States of America / Germany / England
National premiere

June

28 Fri 21.00h & 29 Sat 19.00h


RIVOLI Grand Auditorium

10.00€ • 1.50h (with break) • >12

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Director and choreographer William Forsythe 
With Brigel Gjoka, Jill Johnson, Christopher Roman, Parvaneh Scharafali, Riley Watts, Rauf “RubberLegz“ Yasit, Ander Zabala 
Produced by SADLER'S WELLS LONDON
Co-produced by Théâtre de la Ville - Paris, Théâtre du Châtelet e Festival d’Automne de Paris; Festival Montpellier Danse 2019; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; The Shed, Nova Iorque; Onassis Cultural Centre – Atenas; deSingel International Arts Campus, Antuérpia  
As it premiered at Sadler’s Wells (London), The Guardian and Financial Times called “A quiet evening of dance”, William Forsythe’s latest creation, “rare and revelatory”, “witty, unpredictable, superlatively danced”.
One of the leading choreographers of his generation, he imagined “A quiet evening of dance” as a chamber music piece, combining recycled materials and a recently created one. Over the course of two acts, we dive into the fundamentals of ballet, its aesthetics and its codes, in a journey through the history of dance. Forsythe’s long career was largely spent performing with the Joffrey Ballet and the Stuttgart Opera, and the continuity of classical vocabulary in present-day works is exactly what makes his language so challenging. “To make people see ballet better”, Forsythe presents his usual performers with an unembellished recital, conveying what movement comprises, form modern to urban, from baroque to contemporary. It all starts with the triptych “Prologue-Catalogue Epilogue”, and with bodies stretching their arms in the air as singing birds. The arrival of B-boy Rauf “Rubber-Legz” Yasit and the obviousness of movement as mechanical ability render the physical effort more complex. The first act comes to an end with “DUO2015”, which is originally a women-only duet from 1996 that was re-choreographed in 2015, and that in this case is performed by two dancers who mock and stumble over one another’s gestures. In the second act, Rameau’s Baroque music sets the tone for a choreography that puts together a narrative, and at the same time cleans and reshapes the origin of ballet. “Seventeen/ Twenty-One” dates back to the court at Versailles with the Sun King dance, the five positions, plié and pirouette in an updated movement. “A Quiet Evening of Dance” brings to Rivoli Forsythe, the superstar, his exemplary dancers and the history of dance they carry in their bodies. 


William Forsythe has been active in the field of choreography for over 45 years. His work is acknowledged for reorienting the practice of ballet from its identification with classical repertoire to a dynamic 21st century art form. Forsythe's deep interest in the fundamental principles of organization has led him to produce a wide range of projects including Installations, Films, and Web based knowledge creation. Raised in New York and initially trained in Florida with Nolan Dingman and Christa Long, Forsythe danced with the Joffrey Ballet and later the Stuttgart Ballet, where he was appointed Resident Choreographer in 1976. In 1984, he began a 20-year tenure as director of the Ballet Frankfurt. After its closure, Forsythe established a new ensemble, The Forsythe Company, which he directed from 2005 to 2015. Forsythe’s most recent works were developed and performed exclusively by The Forsythe Company, while his earlier pieces are prominently featured in the repertoire of virtually every major ballet company in the world, including The Mariinsky Ballet, The New York City Ballet and The Paris Opera Ballet. Further to his work as a choreographer, William Forsythe is a current Professor of Dance and Artistic Advisor for the Choreographic Institute at the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.
William Forsythe - © Bill Cooper

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