Feature: William Forsythe on Impressing the Czar

Saturday 1 November 2008

William Forsythe made Impressing the Czar for his company Ballett Frankfurt in 1988. It includes references to a dizzying array of dance and art since
the Renaissance and is intellectually challenging and hugely entertaining at the
same time.

The company stopped performing it in 1995 when Forsythe tired of full scale theatrical
works. When Kathryn Bennetts, his assistant for 15 years in Frankfurt, became Director of the Royal Ballet of Flanders in 2006, she asked if she might revive it. After initially refusing, Forsythe
gave his permission and the Flanders company have been touring it to widespread
acclaim since. It arrives in London, for just three performances this week (Sadler’s Wells, 6 – 8 Nov 08, more details/online booking).

Here Forsythe talks for Sadler’s Wells about the making of Impressing the Czar, which is seen by many as a turning point in the history of ballet…

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