William Forsythe: Improvisation Technologies

A Tool for the Analytical Dance Eye

Cover of the publication »William Forsythe: Improvisation Technologies«
Type of publication
Anthology, CD-ROM/DVD
Publishing house, place
Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern

Choreographer William Forsythe, artistic director of the Frankfurt Ballet since 1984, has brought about a shift of paradigms in contemporary dance. The vocabulary of his chorographies redefines body, space, time and movement. »Improvisation Technologies«, originally intended for the professional use of the dancers of the Frankfurt Ballet, provides a unique opportunity to gain a different access to the work of this major contemporary choreographer. 

Divided into 60 video chapters, the CD-ROM is made up of lecture demonstrations in which William Forsythe shows the essential principles of his improvisation techniques. Dance sequences, specially performed by Christine Bürkle, Noah D. Gelber, Thomas McManus and Crystal Pite, can be called up as further illustrations. Also included is a document of improvisation in practice: Forsythe's performance of »Solo«, fllmed in 1995 by Thomas Lovell Balogh. 

The CD-ROM is in English only. The richly illustrated German/English accompanying booklet includes an interview with William Forsythe, an essay by dance critic Roslyn Sulcas, as well as, in this expanded second edition, the transcripts of Forsythe's leaures from the

German and English
Deutsche Tanzarchiv Köln SK Stiftung Kultur
Freunde der Tanzkunst am Deutschen Tanzarchiv Köln e.V. ; Ministerium für Arbeit, Integration und Soziales des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen ; SK Stiftung Kultur