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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.


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.


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    • 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.