Forsythe

For dancers trained in ballet, improvisation can feel like a completely foreign concept. Yet so many contemporary choreographers these days ask dancers to improv as a tool for creating movement. More and more companies are even including improv as part of their auditioning process.

 

The first time I saw William Forsythe’s choreography I hated it. Passionately.

I’d just started at NYU and our choreography class was required to see Ballett Frankfurt out in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, my parents happened to be in town that weekend. But I brought them along, assuming anything called “ballet” would be safe.