Step into the world of one of 20th century’s most iconic contemporary ballet choreographers
This summer, The Box at Freespace transforms into an interactive gallery space.
Come dodge and weave through a shifting obstacle course of hundreds of pendulums suspended from automated grids that swing and sweep according to set patterns. As you navigate this labyrinth, ensuring not to bump any of the swinging orbs along the way, you realise you are creating your own unique dance.
For the first time in Asia, experience the undulating world of one of the 20th century’s most iconic artists. William Forsythe has been creating works for stage, screen and galleries over nearly half a century, transforming ballet from its classical repertoire to a dynamic contemporary art form.
Originally created in an abandoned building on New York’s historic High Line, the installation has been developed in contexts as diverse as the monumental industrial architecture of the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern, and the historical setting provided by the Arsenale of the Venice Biennale.
It is accompanied by three Forsythe’s films: Alignigung (2016), Solo (1997) and Lectures from Improvisation Technologies (2011).
Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No. 2 is part of Choreographic Objects. The development and international exhibition of Choreographic Objects by William Forsythe is made possible with the generous support of Susanne Klatten.
2016｜Colour｜16 mins｜Digital video｜No dialogue
A hybrid of choreography, film and sculpture, Alignigung features two dancers crossing their bodies in a constellation of knots. The entwining of the two bodies forms what Forsythe likes to call "optical puzzles" that often defies the apparent logic of the situation.
Director: William Forsythe
Choreographic Concept: William Forsythe, Rauf "RubberLegz" Yasit
Choreographic Realisation: Riley Watts, Rauf "RubberLegz" Yasit
Music: OP.1 (For 9 Strings) composed by Ryoji Ikeda, courtesy of Budde Music UK
1997｜B&W｜7 mins｜Digital video｜No dialogue
Set to a score of ambient sound and a composition by Thom Willems, close-ups and rapid cuts of Forsythe‘s twisting body contrast with overhead shots that capture his movements across a starkly-lit stage.
Choreography and Performance: William Forsythe
Music: Thom Willems, in collaboration with Maxime Franke
Director: Thomas Lovell Balogh
Lectures from Improvisation Technologies
2011｜Colour｜10 mins｜Digital video｜English
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 analysed as geometrically inscriptive – a formal drawing with the body in space.
Performance: William Forsythe