November 13, 2019 - PACT Zollverein - William Forsythe
November 13, 2019

PACT Zollverein

William Forsythe, Alignigung. 2016. © William Forsythe.

William Forsythe
with Rauf'RubberLegz'Yasit & Brigel Gjoka
November 29–December 1, 2019

A cooperation between PACT Zollverein Essen and the Museum Folkwang Essen within the framework of Konstellationen. 100 jahre bauhaus im westen

William Forsythe is one of the most influential contemporary choreographers working today. On the occasion of the Bauhaus’ centenary, PACT Zollverein and the Museum Folkwang invite the artist to present his multi-faceted oeuvre in all its manifestations, celebrating the transdisciplinarity of his work, which allows the boundaries between the performing and the visual arts to become fluid.

William Forsythe’s deep interest in the transformation and reflection of basic organisational principles has been the foundation of a broad range of artistic works, including filmic works, sculptures and installations, which Forsythe refers to as "choreographic objects." To mark the world premiere of Neighbours—a newly commissioned choreography by his co-creators Rauf'RubberLegz'Yasit and Brigel Gjoka – William Forsythe has devised a film and installation programme for PACT Zollverein focusing and expanding upon the visions of Yasit and Gjoka. In the framework of this programme, that also encompasses the video work DOOMED by Rauf'RubberLegz'Yasit as well as Forsythe's Alignigung (2016), a new, site-specific choreographic object HIMMEL & HÖLLE (2019), will be presented for the first time to the public. 

In parallel, the Museum Folkwang is presenting a series of installations and choreographic interventions by Forsythe, that challenge and reflect upon the structure and architecture of the museum itself. Following the presentation of City of Abstracts (2000), Human Writes Drawings (2009) and the new, site-specific work Aviariation (2019), Forsythe will be concluding the series with the performative intervention Acquisition/Körperschaft (November 22–December 1), which—featuring three dancers—invites the audience not only to participate in his choreographic cosmos as a recipient and observer, but to become an accomplice and ambassador of his work. In addition to Acquistion/Körperschaft, Forsythe will be presenting the works Unsustainables 1 (A Run in a Circle), Unsustainables 2 (Putting One Foot in front of the Other), Backwards and Turning Your Eyes.

Upcoming Events:

November 22–December 1 (Museum Folkwang)

William Forsythe: Acquisition/Körperschaft
Performative installation

November 29, 6pm (PACT Zollverein)
Opening & Artist Talk with William Forsythe & Guests 

November 29–December 1, 6pm (PACT Zollverein)
Film and installation programme by William Forsythe
with works by William Forsythe and Rauf'RubberLegz'Yasit

November 29 & 30, 8–9pm (PACT Zollverein)
Rauf'RubberLegz'Yasit & Brigel Gjoka: Neighbours (World premiere)
Performance / Dance

Konstellationen is a cooperative project with the Museum Folkwang and PACT Zollverein in Essen, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and the tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf, and the Museum Ludwig and the Centre for Contemporary Dance at the University for Music and Dance Cologne within the framework of 100 jahre bauhaus im westen, the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Regional Authorities of the Rhineland (LVR) and Westphalia-Lippe (LWL), supported by the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine- Westphalia. The patron is Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Minister for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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