William Forsythe (D, USA)
I don't believe in outer space
63% dance
27% language
10% outer space

He is one of the most influential choreographers of our age, and has reinvented dance like almost no other. But above all, William Forsythe is also constantly reinventing his own work, consistently dispensing with the tried and tested, challenging the audience as much as he challenges himself. In search of new formats and possibilities, his works in recent years have increasingly moved away from large frontal stage formats towards installation-style, often ambivalent spaces of movement, sound and speech in which the audience take up their position through their own associations.
The Forsythe Company is now coming to Graz for the first time – with a very personal piece that is pessimistic and comic at the same time: defiant words from disco classics run through the evening like a red thread; the other texts are also for the most part set pieces from pop culture that Forsythe – for whom language is as much choreographic material as movement – places in changing, disturbing contexts. It is about death and faith, people, love, recognition and cognition. What remained, what remains, what was, or will never be. Last things. The universe.
Every single evening the eighteen phenomenal dancers and performers, all of them outstanding as soloists and as an ensemble, balance on the verge of disaster, the abyss, with dark humour - live directed by William Forsythe. Virtuoso bodies that come together to create freakish scenes. Beyond, the boundlessness of the universe. If you believe in it.


William Forsythe: I don

William Forsythe (D, USA) Biography

The Forsythe Company is sponsored by the State Capital Dresden and Free State of Saxony, the City of Frankfurt am Main and the State of Hesse. They are company-in-residence at Festspielhaus Hellerau in Dresden and at Bockenheimer Depot in Frankfurt am Main.
With special thanks to Susanne Klatten for supporting the Forsythe Company.

Austrian Première
Thu 30/09, Fri 01/10 &
Sat 02/10, 7.30 pm

22 / 12 €

No admittance to children under the age of 14

Talk following the second performance

Shuttle service after the performance to the festival centre

Stage William Forsythe
Music Thom Willems
Sound design Niels Lanz
Graphics Dietrich Krüger
Costumes Dorothee Merg
Light Tanja Rühl & Ulf Naumann
Dramaturgy assistance Freya Vass-Rhee
Yoko Ando, Cyril Baldy, Esther Balfe, Dana Caspersen, Katja Cheraneva, Amancio Gonzalez, Josh Johnson, David Kern, Fabrice Mazliah, Roberta Mosca, Tilman O’Donnell, Nicole Peisl, Christopher Roman, Jone San Martin, Yasutake Shimaji, Elisabeth Waterhouse, Riley Watts & Ander Zabala

Production director Graz Dominik Jutz
Production Kirsten Patent
Technical director Hermann Schapek
Light engineering Edith Offenhauser
Audio engineering Johannes Egger
Crew artbox & reddog

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