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The Disappearance of Poetry and the Very, Very Good Idea

Vass-Rhee, Freya (2018) The Disappearance of Poetry and the Very, Very Good Idea. In: The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Ballet. Oxford University Press. (In press) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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In a 1995 interview, choreographer William Forsythe described ballet as "a very, very good idea” – a body of knowledge as choreographic point of departure rather than a set of inflexible rules. This chapter explores the distance covered by Forsythe with the Ballett Frankfurt and The Forsythe Company since this comment, a time during which their explorations of balletic ideas took the ensembles beyond the visual aesthetics of contemporary ballet of which Forsythe himself was a progenitor, through a continuous mining of the potentials that inhere in ballet as a system of sensation, awareness, attention, and action. A reflection on three ideas about ballet as an energetic practice — attack, sprezzatura, and fierceness — provides a foundation for understanding how Forsythe’s later oeuvre, despite its changed aesthetic, remains underpinned by fundamental aspects of balletic practice.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > Dance
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Drama and Theatre
Depositing User: Freya Vass-Rhee
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2018 20:18 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 20:58 UTC
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