Dance

Dance

William Forsythe and his video observation
David Alvarez

William Forsythe is recognized as one of the world’s foremost choreographers. His work is acknowledged for reorienting the practice of ballet from its identification with classical repertoire to a dynamic 21st-century art form. Forsythe deep interest in the fundamental principles of organization has led him to produce a wide range of projects including Installations, Films, and Web based knowledge creation. Raised in New York and initially trained in Florida with Nolan Dingman and Christa Long, Forsythe danced with the Joffrey Ballet and later the Stuttgart Ballet, where he was appointed Resident Choreographer in 1976. In collaboration with media specialists and educators, Forsythe has developed new approaches to dance documentation, research, and education. As for us students, Forsythe as an educator, is regularly invited to lecture and give workshops at universities and cultural institutions. In 2002, Forsythe was chosen as one the founding Dance Mentor for The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. We had the chance to watch one of his choreograph video called “One flat thing reproduced”; in this video gave me a sense of craziness and desperation. One flat thing was a video that truly has to be observed to get the performance in it and the magnificent movements that valet has to offer. It is a completely different horizon to our nature of dance but it also requires a lot of talent and hard work to show off.   Forsythe is a guy who knows his work and gives his passion to it in every work of his. Valet takes hard work and year for perfection but so does a good chorographer like William Forsythe.

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