News: The lasting impact of William Forsythe

Monday 9 March 2015 by Clare Evans

Jiri Kylian - Petite Mort (James Forbat and Ksenia Ovsyanick)
Photo - David Jensen

When In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated was first performed on the stage of the Opera Garnier in Paris, few could have predicted its electrifying effect on the dance world. Now hailed as one of the defining pieces of contemporary dance from the 21st century, it helped launch the career of its choreographer William Forsythe and its stars, including a young Sylvie Guillem.

Its being revived this month, almost 30 years later, as part of English National Ballet’sModern Masters at Sadler’s Wells. The Guardian’s Sarah Crompton talks to Forsythe to try to find out just why the work was so revolutionary.

“The whole atmosphere there was electric,” Forsythe remembers. “Nureyev had an idea about excellence and he imposed that idea. That generation was one of the finest to come out of the company.”

Read more: The Guardian, 7 March, 2015

In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and other celebrated contemporary works will be presented as part of English National Ballet — Modern Masters at Sadler’s Wells, 10 – 15 March.

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