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Catalogue (First Edition)

Choreography: WILLIAM FORSYTHE[…]

Premiere: 7 October 2016, Theater im Pfalzbau, Ludwigshafen
Further performance on 8 October 2016

In artistic collaboration with: Jill Johnson (*), Brit Rodemund and Christopher Roman
Artistic Direction DANCE ON ENSEMBLE: Christopher Roman

(*) Jill Johnson as guest dancer

Is Director of Dance, faculty in Music and Theater, Dance & Media; Artistic Director of the Harvard Dance Project, at Harvard University. Ms. Johnson is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School, a 28-year veteran oft he dance field; choreographs for film, television and the stage; has danced in over 50 tours on 5 contintents; was a soloist with the National Ballet of Canada and a principal dancer and researcher in William Forsythe’s company Frankfurt Ballet. She stages Forsythes’s work worldwide, including for Paris Opera Ballet, La Scala, Batsheva Dance Company, Norwegian National Ballet, Lyon Opera, Netherlands Dance Theater, and American Ballet Theater. Johnson is a founding collaborator of The Movement Invention Project in New York, and has served on the faculties of and created choreographic work for Princeton University, Columbia University, the Juillard School and NYU. Recent collaborations include those with the Harvard Choruses, Harvard Mahindra Humanities Center, Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Amercian Repertory Theater, Dries Van Noten and the Louvre Musee des Arts Decoratif, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

An “intricate, almost baroque piece” – this is how the celebrated choreographer William Forsythe describes his new piece for the DANCE ON ENSEMBLE. The richness of the bodily knowledge shared between Jill Johnson and Christopher Roman, both former Forsythe dancers, and Brit Rodemund, is part of the fabric of the piece. Forsythe continues to search for new shapes and modes of movement. He is looking back in order to re-invent himself.

The idea for the duet came from an intention to highlight the special relationship, shared sensibilities and coordinative skill set of Jill Johnson and Christopher Roman. They have collaborated closely for a long time, staging many of Forsythe’s works all over the world.

Brit Rodemund, who has not worked with Forsythe before, was included in the rehearsal process from the beginning. She and Johnson, the first guest dancer to join the DANCE ON ENSEMBLE, will share the female role in alternate performances. Different facets of these three dancers and their professional experiences come together to form the basis of Catalogue (First Edition).

Lighting Design: Benjamin Schälike

Sound: Stephan Wöhrmann

© Dorothea Tuch

Premiere: 07 October 2016, Theater i Pfalzbau, Ludwigshafen


Co-production: Theater im Pfalzbau, tanzhaus nrw
With the support of BASF SE
In cooperation with the USC Glorya Kaufmann School of Dance, Los Angeles

Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union as part of

DANCE ON is an initiative by DIEHL+RITTER gUG funded by the Federal Government
Commissioner for Culture and the Media.


The evening programme of Catalogue (First Edition):

Festival Forever Dance

Festival Forever Dance I Skånes Dansteater, Malmö,
2 Solos from 7 Dialogues, Artistic Direction/Composition: Matteo Fargion I
Those specks of dust, Concept/Choreography/Sound: Kat Válastur

Catalogue (First Edition)

Catalogue (First Edition), Choreography: William Forsythe, 8.30 pm, Theater im Pfalzbau, Ludwigshafen
7 Dialogues, Artistic Direction/Composition: Matteo Fargion


Raised in New York and initially trained in Florida with Nolan Dingman and Christa Long,  […]

Forsythe danced with the Joffrey Ballet and later the Stuttgart Ballet, where he was appointed Resident Choreographer in 1976. In 1984, he began a 20-year tenure as director of the Ballet Frankfurt. After its closure, Forsythe established a new ensemble, The Forsythe Company, which he directed from 2005 to 2015. Forsythe’s most recent works were developed and performed exclusively by The Forsythe Company, while his earlier pieces are prominently featured in the repertoire of virtually every major ballet company in the world, including The Mariinsky Ballet, The New York City Ballet and The Paris Opera Ballet.

Further to his work as a choreographer, William Forsythe is a current Professor of Dance and Artistic Advisor for the Choreographic Institute at the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.

Catalogue (First Edition)
William Forsythe: Choreography

Premiere: 7 October 2016, Theater im Pfalzbau, Ludwigshafen
Further performance at 8 October 2016

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