William Forsythe

(30 December 1949 – )

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William Forsythe is an American dancer and choreographer. He produced his first choreography for the Stuttgart Ballet in 1976 as part of a young choreographer’s showcase and was subsequently named Resident Choreographer of the ensemble. He held this position until 1981 when he left the Stuttgart company to pursue a career as a freelance choreographer. During these years, he created works for ballet companies in Munich, The Hague, London, Basel, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Paris, New York and San Francisco.

In 1983, Forsythe choreographed “Gänge“, a controversial work subtitled “A piece about ballet,” for the Frankfurt State Theater. In spite of the scandalous reception to this work, the Frankfurt Theatre offered him the position of Ballet Director in 1984. Forsythe directed the Frankfurt Ballet (Ballett Frankfurt) from 1984 until 2004. After the closure of the Frankfurt Ballet in 2004, Forsythe established The Forsythe Company.  The Forsythe Company is based at the Bockenheimer Depot in Frankfurt am Main and the Festspielhaus Hellerau in Dresden and also maintains an extensive international touring schedule. Important works created for The Forsythe Company include “Three Atmospheric Studies” (2005), “Human Writes” (2005), “Heterotopia” (2006), and “Yes we can’t” (2008).

In addition, Forsythe has produced and collaborated on numerous installation works, including “White Bouncy Castle” (1997, in collaboration with Dana Caspersen and Joel Ryan), “City of Abstracts” (2000), “Scattered Crowd” (2002), “airdrawing|whenever on on on nohow on” (2004, collaborating with Peter Welz), and “You made Me a Monster” (2005). Installation works by Forsythe have been shown at the Louvre Museum, Venice Biennale, Artangel in London, Creative Time in New York, the Renaissance Society in Chicago, and other prominent locations.