William Forsythe is undoubtedly one of the foremost choreographers of his generation. For this unusual configuration of new and existing work, Forsythe has imagined something akin to an evening of chamber music, designed to be listened to as well as watched.
The works range from sparse analytic condensation to baroque inspired counterpoint. The intricate phrasing of the dancers’ breath is the primary accompaniment for a distillation of the geometric origins of classical ballet.
The evening is performed by seven of Forsythe’s most trusted collaborators, who provide insight into the workings of ballet and the mind of the man who has dedicated his work to this task. The programme includes two new pieces, Epilogue and Seventeen/Twenty One; two reimagined repertory works, Dialogue (DUO2015) and Catalogue (Second Edition), as well as Prologue, an excerpt of Seventeen/Twenty One.
A Quiet Evening of Dance received 5-star reviews at its world premiere at Sadler’s Wells and won the prestigious Fedora Prize for Ballet 2018.
”A piece of outstanding brainy beauty” – The Guardian
First performed at Sadler’s Wells London on 4 October 2018.
Winner of the Fedora – Van Cleef & Arpels Prize for Ballet 2018.
Dancers: Brigel Gjoka, Jill Johnson, Christopher Roman (understudied by Brit Rodemund in Helsinki), Parvaneh Scharafali, Riley Watts, Rauf “RubberLegz“ Yasit & Ander Zabala
Co-produced with Théâtre de la Ville, Paris; Théâtre du Châtelet and Festival d’Automne à Paris; Festival Montpellier Danse 2019; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; The Shed, New York; Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens; deSingel international arts campus, Antwerp
Photos: Bill Cooper
The visit is organized in collaboration with Jane and Aatos Erkko Foudation and Dance House Helsinki.
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