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’s one choreographer who has influenced and steered the event of up to date dance, it needs to be William Forsythe. He utterly overturned the standard logic and dynamic of ballet.

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


Blake Works l was the primary work during which Forsythe – after seventeen years of choreographic experimentation – returned to classical ballet method. This proved to be the muse 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 section, Forsythe created one other masterpiece for the Paris Opéra Ballet: Pas/Elementswhich Dutch Nationwide Ballet is now presenting in an tailored model from 2018. The piece is a primary instance of how dance innovator Forsythe took classical ballet steps and remodeled, lower and regrouped them to type modern summary artwork. Like a dizzying avalanche, ingenious solos, duets, trios and group sections observe each other at wonderful pace.


The third work, as recommended 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 effectively. 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.