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National Arts Centre – The Forsythe Company

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by Paula Citron

American-born William Forsythe was artistic director of Frankfurt Ballet for 20 years and is one of the most influential contemporary ballet choreographers in the world. He founded The Forsythe Company in 2005 which continues his redefinition of classical ballet by pushing it to its physical extemes.

“7 to 10 Passages” (2000) is one of Forsythe’s pretentious philosophical forays as contorted bodies move through space to text that is psychobabble.

The other two pieces are gold.

In “The First Study” (2005), 12 dancers keep re-enacting the aftermath of a bombing – but through each replay, begin to slip into different time signatures, so each episode contains the past, present and future.

“Quintett” (1993) is a Forsythe classic, created as an homage to his dying wife. It is a piece of utter joy – as if he is trying to capture the life force itself in dance.

Love him or hate him, Forsythe cannot be ignored.

From the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.

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