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Ballet in four parts with choreography, scenery, and lighting by Forsythe, music by Eva Crossman-Hecht (pts. 1 and 4), Bach (pt. 2), and Forsythe (pt. 3). Premiered 5 Dec. 1984 at Frankfurt Opera House, by Frankfurt Ballet. Forsythe's third full-length work is essentially a pure dance work for a chorus of 36, two principal couples, and one lead woman, but two actors also move through the work declaiming interrogatory texts on the meaning of action, perception, and memory. At times the choreography deliberately courts chaos, at certain points Forsythe subverts theatrical convention, e.g. by having the curtain rise and fall at seemingly arbitrary points in the performance. The overall effect is of a large jigsaw puzzle of different theatrical elements, that eventually fall into place. It has been danced by Dutch National Ballet (since 1993) and, in a shortened version, by Scottish Ballet (2004) and San Francisco Ballet (2006).

Subjects: Dance.


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