A Quiet Evening of Dance

William Forsythe

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 7 p.m., € 30 / red. € 15, TICKETS
Friday, May 17, 2019, 7 p.m., € 30 / red. € 15, TICKETS
Venue: Gasteig, Carl-Orff-Saal
Running time: approx. 100 Min. (incl. 20 Min. break)

Artist Talk on May 17th subsequent to the performance


"Quiet" – silent and soft, calm, but also discreet. One looks at what is essential: at the arms. At the opening and rotating of the joints. At the balancing and counter movements. The spectrum ranges from radical reduction to Baroque counterpoint. In his latest evening program, William Forsythe, with six of his esteemed colleagues, continues the examination of classical dance he has been conducting since the beginning of his brilliant career. The first act presents a new encounter with Catalogue (Second Edition). In Epilogue Rauf "RubberLegz" Yasit confronts the essence of the ballet with virtuosic b-boying. Dialogue (DUO2015) – also a new encounter – closes the first part of the new evening program. The second act with the new piece Seventeen / Twenty One to the music of Rameau leads back to the beginnings of classical dance, when social etiquette transformed into a complex system of movement. An evening like a chamber concert, created to be heard …

In past years it wasn't difficult to see Forsythe's early works at major houses worldwide. Their rehearsals in international companies kept and keep a part of the oeuvre of probably the most important revivalist of classical dance present. After 45 years in Europe, after the end of Ballett Frankfurt and his retirement from The Forsythe Company in 2015 William Forsythe returned to the U.S., his home country. But fortunately he continues to choreograph in Europe. For the twentieth anniversary of Sadler’s Wells London he created in October 2018 A Quiet Evening of Dance. Here older, reworked pieces are subtly combined with completely new elements. The new evening program was co-created and will be danced by a team of trusted collaborators

One of the pieces in the first part is Dialogue (DUO2015), which was created in 1996 as a duet for two female dancers of the Ballett Frankfurt company, was modified in 2015 for the farewell program of the ballerina Sylvie Guillem, and now will be danced by two male dancers, Brigel Gjoka and Riley Watts, to the music of Thom Willems. This duet forms the starting point for A Quiet Evening of Dance: "All the movements are based on the classical vocabulary, although it offers an alternative structuring of academic material," says Forsythe about the work. Generally speaking, this is an evening that the "ballet native speaker" Forsythe devotes to classical dance. Catalogue (Second Edition), danced in silence by Jill Johnson and Christopher Roman, demonstrates how ballet functions when one questions and re-investigates the knowledge one has of ballet over and over again. In 2016 Forsythe developed the "first edition" with Jill Johnson and Christopher Roman, and their familiarity and intimateness with the choreographer were supplemented by the familiarity and confidence of Brit Rodemund, who up until then had never worked with Forsythe.

Choreography: William Forsythe and Brigel Gjoka, Jill Johnson, Christopher Roman, Parvaneh Scharafali, Riley Watts, Rauf "RubberLegz" Yasit, Ander Zabala
Composer/Music: Morton Feldman, Nature Pieces from Piano No.1. From, First Recordings (1950s) – The Turfan Ensemble, Philipp Vandré © Mode (for Epilogue)
Composer/Music: Jean‐Philippe Rameau, Hippolyte et Aricie: Ritournelle, from Une Symphonie Imaginaire, Marc Minkowski & Les Musiciens du Louvre © 2005 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin (for Seventeen/Twenty One)

Lighting Design: Tanja Rühl and William Forsythe
Costume Design: Dorothee Merg and William Forsythe
Sound Design: Niels Lanz

For Sadler’s Wells
Artistic Director and Chief Executive:
Alistair Spalding CBE

Executive Producer: Suzanne Walker
Head of Producing & Touring: Bia Oliveira
Senior Producer: Ghislaine Granger
Producing & Touring Coordinator: Florent Trioux
Marketing Manager: Daniel King
Senior Press Manager: Caroline Ansdell
Wardrobe Supervisor: Miwa Mitsuhashi

Technical Team
Director of Technical Production: Adam Carrée
Touring Production Manager: Bob Bagley
Production Electrician/Relighter: Pete Maxey

Sound Engineer: Simon Lambert
Photos: © Bill Cooper

Winner of the FEDORA - VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Prize for Ballet 2018.

World Premiere: 4 October 2018, Sadler’s Wells, London.