If you've never heard of William Forsythe before, be prepared for that to change this fall. Three of LA's creative arts heavy hitters—USC's Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, the Music Center and LACMA—are coming together to present "Fall for Forsythe," a monthlong celebration of the internationally renowned choreographer beginning September 29.
The event will kick off with "Focus Forsythe: The Choreographer's Process," which will include a video presentation and lecture at USC. The Music Center will host a costume exhibition featuring designs from some of the choreographer's dances. As far as performances go, on the weekend of October 15-16, LACMA will host dancers Riley Watts, Rauf "Rubberlegz" Yasit and students from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance for "Site-Specific Forsythe," two site-specific installations. Yasit and Watts will present "Stellentstellen," described by LACMA as an "entanglement of intricately aligned bodies producing optical conundrums," while the Kaufman students present Forsythe's new "Acquisition."
Topping it all off is the weekend-long "Celebrate Forsythe" event back at the Music Center, featuring the Houston Ballet performing Forsythe's "Artifact Suit," the San Francisco Ballet performing "Pas/Parts 2016" and the Pacific Northwest Ballet taking on "The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude."
Forsythe has been a professor of dance at USC since 2014. According to the LA Times, his work "Blake Works 1" will premiere at the Paris Opera this July 4. The newspaper says he has "long been recognized as one of the important figures working in dance today." Clearly!
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