William Forsythe’s In the Middle Somewhat Elevated: Excerpts….


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With Marta Romagna, Roberto Bolle & Zenaida Yanowsky….

Solo by Sylvie Guillem

Main Male Variation: Frankfurt Ballet

Click here to see Sylvie Guillem & Laurent Hiliare performing “in the middle somewhat elevated”….

Choreography:William Forsythe
Music: Thom Willems (1987)
Staging:Glen Tuggle
Scenic, Costume, & Original Lighting Design:William Forsythe
Duration: 28 minutes
Premiere: May 30, 1987; Paris Opera Ballet

William Forsythe is an American choreographer who has spent his career primarily in Germany, where he directed Ballet Frankfurt and now the Forsythe Company. His athletic choreography is a union of classical ballet and modern dance—a bold regeneration of the academic dance vocabulary.

Commissioned by Rudolf Nureyev in 1987 for the Paris Opera Ballet, where it was danced by soloists Isabelle Guérin, Sylvie Guillem, Laurent Hilaire, and Manuel Legris. Forsythe’s In the middle, somewhat elevated was recognized immediately as a contemporary masterpiece…

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