A Conversation with William Forsythe and Tim Murray

Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large William Forsythe and Tim Murray (director, Society for the Humanities and professor of comparative literature and English) will discuss Forsythe's artistic practice, his development of choreographic objects, and their relationship to the choreographic work, Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time.

William Forsythe is a world-renowned choreographer whose cutting-edge work ranges from traditional ballets to multimedia theatre and architectural installations. He has extensively organized his ideas on choreography within a corporeal and spatial framework that greatly enlarges the detail and range of concepts of human movement traceable to the writing of Rudolf Laban a century ago.  His dances show an amazingly fecund imagination, a facile ability at mixing of abstraction and narrative, an articulation of the body that builds on the vocabularies of Merce Cunningham and George Ballanchine, an appetite for multimedia experimentation, and recent experimentation with architectural space and the architect, Gregory Lynn.

He has been recognized internationally for his innovation; his awards include Bessies (dance Emmys) in 1988, 1998, and 2004; the Laurence Olivier Award in 1992 and 1999; and Commandeur des Arts et Lettres in 1999. He has an honorary doctorate from Julliard and an honorary fellowship from the Laban Centre for Dance in London.  Trained in New York, Forsythe is best known as the former director of the Frankfurt Ballet (1984–2004). There he created key works including “The Loss of Small Detail” (1991, with composer Thom Willens and designer Issey Miyake), “Artifact” (1984), “Limb’s Theorem” (1990), “A L I E /N A (C) TION” (1992), “Endless House” (1999) and others. These works have moved into the repertoire dance companies throughout the world including the Kirov, the New York City Ballet, and others.