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William Forsythe – One flat thing reproduced….

May 9, 2013

“A choreographic object is not a substitute for the body, but rather an alternative site for the understanding of potential instigation and organization of action to reside. Ideally, choreographic ideas in this form would draw an attentive, diverse readership that would eventually understand and, hopefully, champion the innumerable manifestations, old and new, of choreographic thinking.”

William Forsythe on Choreographic Objects (Essay)

One Flat Thing, reproduced (2006)

a film by Thierry De Mey

Choreography by William Forsythe

Danced by the Forsythe Company, Germany.

“One Flat Thing Reproduced ” is a play for 14 dancers and 20 tables on the music of Thom Willems.

The World Premiere took place in Frankfurt in 2000.

“One Flat Thing Reproduced” has been unanimously acclaimed by the press for its great theatrical intensity that oscillates between disorder and symmetry.

Thierry de Mey, as one of the most important directors of dance films designed this film as a full work. The theatrical disposition was studied especially for the shooting; hence three cameras with different points of view were used in order to fully catch the choreographic principles developed by Forsythe.

Mr. de Mey was able to capture on film the aesthetical beauty of shapes, the intensity of the movements and also the human side of the work via the exchanges made by the dancers. This offers the audience the opportunity to experience “One Flat Thing Reproduced” in a completely different way: both emotionally and intellectually.

Choreography : William Forsythe
Film Director : Thierry De Mey
Dancers : The Forsythe Company
Music : Thom Willems
Scenery & Lighting : William Forsythe
Costumes : Stephen Galloway
Production : MK2 TV
Producer : Charles Gillibert
Format : Film 26 minutes/ 2006

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