The Vertiginous Thrill of Forsythe

Presented by Pacific Northwest Ballet

“In short, Forsythe lobbed a live grenade into the laps of those who'd always seen ballet as picturesque and safe.” —The Independent

A William Forsythe triple threat, including two PNB premieres, presents distinctive works from a dance maker legendary for his radical inventiveness. Forsythe achieves perfect neo-classical form in The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, a dizzy delight of virtuoso technique and crystalline pointe work. A sampler of duets, individually re-worked for PNB, New Suite’s multiple pairings articulate a diversity of forms as well as matters between the sexes. In the middle, somewhat elevated returns: endlessly prized by dancers and audiences, its relentless pace and fierce physicality serve as paradigm for Forsythe’s revolutionary impact on 21st-century ballet. 


The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude (PNB Premiere)
Music: Franz Schubert
Choreography: William Forsythe
Costume Design: Stephen Galloway
Scenic & Lighting Design: William Forsythe

New Suite (PNB Premiere)
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach, Luciano Berio, Gavin Bryars, George Frederic Handel, Thom Willems
Choreography: William Forsythe
Scenic & Lighting Design: William Forsythe

In the middle, somewhat elevated
Music: Thom Willems
Choreography: William Forsythe
Scenic, Costume & Lighting Design: William Forsythe

Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancers Jonathan Porretta and Carrie Imler in William Forsythe’s In the middle, somewhat elevated, to be presented as part of THE VERTIGINOUS THRILL OF FORSYTHE.

Event Showings

Event Details

  • Mar 14 - 22 , 2015
  • Lobby - 2 hours prior to show time
  • $30 - $184
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