William Forsythe: Improvisation Technologies

A Tool for the Analytical Dance Eye

CD-ROM cover: female dancer on blue background, behind white shadows of her movement
Type of publication
Brochure, CD-ROM/DVD
Publishing house, place
Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern

3rd edition

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 English only, but contains PDF files in German and English. The richly illustrated accompanying booklet is both German and English. It contains, among other things, an interview with William Forsythe and a text by dance critic Roslyn Sulcas. For this second edition, it has been supplemented with the transcriptions of the Forsythe Lectures from the CD-ROM.

In 2012, »Improvisation Technologies« was published in its 4th edition. 

German and English
1 CD-ROM ; System requirements (IBM-compatible PC): Pentium II-based PC or compatible computer, sound card, CD/DVD-ROM drive, Windows XP/Vista/7, Apple Quicktime for windows. (Apple Macintosh): PowerPC or Intel-based Macintosh computer (G3 or higher reco

Deutsches 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


Editing: Astrid Sommer
Design booklet/case: Holger Jost
Decoding, structuring: Nik Haffner
Design, graphics: Christian Ziegler
Programming, CD-ROM editing: Volker Kuchelmeister
Video editing, graphics: Yvonne Mohr
Production management: Astrid Sommer
Camera team (video): Boris Michalski, Yvonne Mohr, Vassilios Georgiadis