Magazine article Dance Magazine

A Modern Master: College Students Tackle William Forsythe's Technique and Rep

Magazine article Dance Magazine

A Modern Master: College Students Tackle William Forsythe's Technique and Rep

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Widely regarded as one of the most inventive choreographers of our time, William Forsythe creates movement that dancers long to perform. "It is extremely beneficial for young dancers to be exposed to his techniques, which have globally influenced late 20th-century and current approaches to dance," says Jill Johnson, a former dancer with Forsythe's Ballett Frankfurt and director of Harvard University's dance program. Today, there are more chances than ever for college students to explore Forsythe's methodologies and perform his work--sometimes under the guidance of Forsythe himself. These programs offer ample opportunities to delve into his creative process, improvisation methods and repertory.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, GLORYA KAUFMAN SCHOOL OF DANCE

Los Angeles, CA

kaufman.usc.edu

Degrees offered: BFA and minor in dance No. of majors: 33 in the inaugural class Forsythe on campus: As a faculty member and an artistic advisor of the school's Choreographic Institute, William Forsythe is on campus several times each semester. In the inaugural semester he taught ballet, a weekly lecture colloquium, and a required course that covered his choreographic approach and improv techniques. He also explored choreographic thinking and processes with students, and is a mentor to the inaugural class.

Master teachers: Forsythe repertory is included in the dance program's curriculum. Director and vice dean Jodie Gates, a former Ballett Frankfurt dancer, stages work on students and teaches ballet. Former Ballett Frankfurt dancer Thomas McManus is also on faculty, and stages Forsythe's work on companies around the world. …

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