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William Forsythe

William Forsythe, German choreographer, dancer. Named a Rolex Mentor, 2002; recipient Bessie award for choreography, 1988, Bessie award for production, 1998, Olivier award, 1992, 1999, Laban prize, 2001, Wexner prize, 2002, Nijinsky award, 2004.


  • Forsythe, William was born on December 30, 1949 in Manhasset, New York, United States.

  • Education

    • Student drama, University Florida. Student, Joffrey Ballet School. Studied with, Maggie Black.

      Studied with, Finis Jhung. Degree (honorary), The Juilliard School. Doctor (honorary), The Juilliard School, 2003.


    • Dancer Joffrey Ballet, Germany, Stuttgart Ballet, Germany, 1973. Artistic director Ballett Frankfurt, Germany, 1984—1999, director Germany, 1999—2004, TAT, Germany, since 1999. Artistic director Forsythe Company, Germany, since 2004.


    • Choreography in major ballet companies including: New York City Ballet. San Francisco Ballet. National Ballet Canada.

      Royal Ballet. Covent Garden. Royal Swedish Ballet.

      Individual works include: In the Middle. Somewhat Elevated. New Sleep.

      Herman Schmerman. The second detail. Urlicht, 1976.

      Say Bye Bye, 1980. Love Songs. Square Deal.

      France/Dance, Gänge - ein Stück über Ballett, 1983. Artifact, 1984. Die Befragung des Robert Scott, 1986.

      Alie/Na(c)tion, 1992. Impressing the Czar. Isabelle's Dance.

      Full-length ballets include: Slingerland I, II, III. Limb's Theorem, 1989-1990. The Loss of Small Detail, 1991.

      As a Garden in This Setting, 1993. Eidos: Telos, 1995. Endless House, 1999.

      Kammer/Kammer, 2000. Woolf Phrase, 2001. One Hot Thing, reproduced, 2000.

      The Room As It Was, 2002
    • others.
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    Born December 30, 1949
    (age 67)
    • 2003
      The Juilliard School
    • 1973
      Dancer Joffrey Ballet
    • 1984 - 1999
      artist, ic director Ballett Frankfurt
    • 1999
      artist, ic director Ballett Frankfurt
      Tát, Komarom-Esztergom, Hungary
    • 2004
      artist, ic director Forsythe Company
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