For nearly 20 years, Artistic Director William Forsythe has been at the helm of one of the world’s leading avant-garde dance companies: Ballett Frankfurt. The company is known for a unique ballet aesthetic developed by Forsythe"one of the most creative talents working in ballet" (The New York Times
)that does not deny traditional ballet technique, but that both deconstructs and constructs, broadening and challenging the lexicon.
Forsythe's departure from the company marks the end of an era and Ballett Frankfurt's Kennedy Center appearance, June 17-19, is its last U.S. engagement with him at the helm. The company will perform four Forsythe signature works that "demand mind-boggling flexibility, speed and quick thinking from a communal group of energetic dancers" (The New York Times
): The room as it was
, an eight-dancer work of a series of encounters, all featuring a common group of movements; Duo
, an intimate two-woman work portraying a clock, registering time in an intricate pattern; (N.N.N.N.)
, a one-act work of flinging arms and folding joints for four dancers; and One Flat Thing, reproduced
, a work that begins with a mighty roar of twenty metal tables dragged across the stage, harkening to Forsythe's concepts of contrasting order and disorder.
The room as it was
One flat thing, reproduced
Standing Room tickets for presentations in the Opera House, Eisenhower Theater and Terrace Theater will be sold at the Kennedy Center Box
Office and by phone (202) 467-4600 or (800) 444-1324 when a performance sells out, but only if it is sold out. There is a limit of two tickets per order.