|The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude
is a pas de cinque choreography on the final movement of Schubert’s 9th Symphony
. The piece deploys the entire arsenal of the classical ballet repertoire, with clear references to Balanchine and a startling array of classical elements: tutus, point shoes, virtuosity and lyricism and the friendly relationship between dancers of the opposite sex. Dancers face a major challenge in interpreting this piece while displaying all the purity and brilliance offered by classical vocabulary.
In Artifact Suite
the choreographer, working upon the music of Bach, explores the workings of academic dance “codes”. At the same time, the piece reveals historical secrets spanning three centuries. The dancers perform a set of formations and variations, deconstructing the set in order to revise the basic steps of academic dance vocabulary and turn them into much more complex forms.
Enemy in the Figure
reveals a phase of Forsythe’s work in which exploration of the most complex movement is at the centre of the piece. The point shoes are dropped and dance movement plays with the surrounding space and the objects occupying it. The choreography unfolds as a constant investigation of movement by way of improvisation and it is impossible for the dancers to “get comfortable and settle” in that process.