In the space of a week, I have read two sharply contrasting views of Forsythe. It's not a surprise, as Forsythe is a controversial figure among critics and fans. What do you think?
: Forsythe sweeps the board
By Raymond Stults for The Moscow Times
"..."Forsythe at the Mariinsky" as the most thrilling display of dance likely to be found in Russia today.
Beyond noting its intricacy, speed and uncanny correspondence to the music behind it, Forsythe's choreography virtually defies description, as does the Mariinsky company's amazing ability to dance steps far removed from their normal classical routine. It all needs to be seen..." click for more
*************************** Three Visions of Community
by Susan Reiter for Dance View Times
Then there was William Forsythe's "Limb's Theorem Part III," full of his trademark dim lighting, fragmented bursts of high-voltage ballet steps that go nowhere, and of course set to an industrial-strength score by frequent collaborator Thom Willems.
It's a heartless, disembodied world that Forsythe creates onstage, with its of high-tech distractions to disguise the fact that the dancing itself, in brief, disjointed bursts, is ultimately just busy and aimless, another element in his deluded grand scheme. click for more
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