The Creation of William Forsythe’s "Duo"

Waterhouse, Elizabeth Neumann (23 January 2018). The Creation of William Forsythe’s "Duo" (Unpublished). In: The Creation of William Forsythe’s "Duo". Institut für Theaterwissenschaft der Freie Universität Berlin, Colloquium of Prof. Dr. G. Brandstetter.

How was the choreography of William Forsythe's "Duo" created? What are the most important factors that have shaped the identity and development of "Duo" as a performance piece? The creative process of making Duo is a context specific, contingent form of cooperation—a form of “thinking while making” (Ingold) on the part of the choreographer with the dancers and his artistic team. In the timeline of creation, Forsythe moves from a role inventing movement (i.e. 'inside'), to a role-shifting director (i.e. 'outside' and 'distant'), arranging and editing the sequence, designing the theatrical elements, and taking the role of a spectator. Talk is an important part of the process, and the dancers take agency by speaking, with each other and William Forsythe. Their role is distinct from that of the choreographer, in that they focus primarily on understanding and performing the movement. In comparison, Forsythe takes multiple views of the choreography as it emerges (as a dancer, choreographer, lighting designer, composer and spectator). Chance and contingency, as well as the material bodies of the dancers and rehearsal contexts are essential to making 'Duo.'

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06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Theater Studies

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Waterhouse, Elizabeth Neumann


700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment




Elizabeth Neumann Waterhouse

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22 Feb 2019 10:05

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