Dutch Nationwide Ballet presents ‘Forsythe Competition’

Dutch Nationwide Ballet’s Forsythe Competition presents for the primary time a programme of three masterpieces by William Forsythe.

If there may be one choreographer who has influenced and steered the event of up to date dance, it must be William Forsythe. He fully overturned the normal logic and dynamic of ballet.

Dutch Nationwide Ballet presents its first full programme of three of his masterpieces: The Vertiginous Thrill of ExactitudePas/Components 2018 and the Dutch premiere of the internationally acclaimed Blake Works I.


Blake Works l was the primary work through which Forsythe – after seventeen years of choreographic experimentation – returned to classical ballet approach. This proved to be the inspiration of his success within the eighties and nineties. On the world premiere in Paris, in 2016, the viewers went wild. In technically difficult, but swinging solos, duets and group formations, the piece portrays seven poetic songs from James Blake’s album The Color in Something.


In 1999, proper earlier than diving into his experimental part, Forsythe created one other masterpiece for the Paris Opéra Ballet: Pas/Componentswhich Dutch Nationwide Ballet is now presenting in an tailored model from 2018. The piece is a major instance of how dance innovator Forsythe took classical ballet steps and reworked, reduce and regrouped them to type modern summary artwork. Like a dizzying avalanche, ingenious solos, duets, trios and group sections comply with each other at wonderful pace.


The third work, as steered by its title The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitudeis a tribute to the precision and pace of classical ballet, whereas concurrently being a parody of it as properly. To Schubert’s Symphony no. 9, the dancers carry out a whirlwind of pirouettes and difficult allegro work, however they do it at such pace that the unique steps are barely seen any extra.

Forsythe Festival premieres on 10 June and runs to 27 June 2023 at Dutch Nationwide Opera & Ballet.

For tickets and extra data go to: operaballet.nl.