04 november 2019

  • Grande Salle
  • Free of charge

For this unusual configuration of new and existing work produced by Sadler’s Wells, Forsythe creates an intimate, pure evening of choreography, stripped down to its essence.

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 programme comprises 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.

DUO2015 received its world premiere in 1996 and was last seen in Sylvie Guillem’s final dance programme in 2015. DUO2015 is a clock composed of two dancers. An “intricate, almost baroque piece” is how Forsythe describes Catalogue (Second Edition) an update on the work created in 2016. The evening is performed by seven of Forsythe’s long-term collaborators who provide insight into the workings of ballet and the mind of the man who has dedicated his work to this task. The dancers are Brigel Gjoka, Jill Johnson, Christopher Roman, Parvaneh Scharafali, Riley Watts and Ander Zabala who were all former performers with the Forsythe Company/Frankfurt Ballet. They are joined by Rauf “Rubberlegz” Yasit, who has developed a unique form of movement taken from b-boying which saw him travel the world to perform.

Winner of the FEDORA – VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Prize for Ballet 2018

Production of the Sadler’s Wells London. Co-production Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre de la Ville, 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.
Co-realisation  Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre de la Ville and Festival d’Automne à Paris

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