Forsythe, William fôrsīth´ [key], 1949–, American dancer and choreographer, b. New York City. He trained with the Joffrey Ballet (1971–73), then joined the Stuttgart Ballet (1973), becoming its resident choreographer (1978) and director (1984). His choreography there includes Dream of Galilei (1978) and Love Songs (1979), to the music of Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick. In 1980 he left to create works for other companies, including the Paris Opera Ballet, Munich State Opera Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, and the Netherlands Dance Theatre. As director of the Frankfurt Ballet (1984–2004), he began incorporating video projections, talking, and electronic sound in his dances. In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated (1987), created for the Paris Opera Ballet, has been widely performed and was incorporated into the longer Impressing the Czar (1988). His Forsythe Company (2005–) has continued to combine performance with installation, multimedia, and film; it premiered his ballet Three Atmospheric Studies in 2005. His later works include Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time (2009) and, for the Paris Opera Ballet, Blake Works I (2016).
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