Lectures from Improvisation Technologies

William Forsythe
1949, New York, NY (US) – Frankfurt am Main (DE)

Video, 9:40 min.

Reedit: Nik Haffner, Volker Kuchelmeister, Chris Ziegler
Producer: Julian Gabriel Richter

Performance: William Forsythe

The Forsythe Company and ZKM, 2011
On the basis of Improvisation Technologies, A CD-ROM by William Forsythe, Nik Haffner, Volker Kuchelmeister, Yvonne Mohr, Astrid Sommer, Christian Ziegler, Produced at ZKM Karlsruhe, 1994 & 1999

Performance: William Forsythe, Christine Bürkle,Noah D. Gelber, Thomas McManus, Crystal Pite

Boston, ICA, 2011
Paris, Centre Pompidou, 2011
Brescia, Museo di Santa Giulia, 2012
Rennes, Musée de la Danse, 2012
Saratoga Springs, The Tang Museum, 2012
Paris, Centre Pompidou, 2012
Warsaw, Centre for Contemporary Art, 2012
Girona, Festival Temporada Alta, 2012
Rome, Macro Future, 2012
Essen, Folkwang Museum, 2013
Dresden, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, 2013
Frankfurt, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, 2015
Istanbul, Design Biennale, 2016
Wanas Foundation, 2017

These video segments, originally produced by William Forsythe for the purpose of training his company’s dancers, offer a perspective on the choreographer’s approach to improvisation. The animated lines and other graphical effects that annotate the sequences demonstrate Forsythe’s view that certain classes of movement can be analyzed as geometrically inscriptive – a formal drawing with the body in space.

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