Pennsylvania Ballet’s Premiere of Forsythe’s Artifact Suite on ABC

Pennsylvania Ballet principal dancers Julie Diana and Ian Hussey in William Forsythe’s Artifact Suite. Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania Ballet.

ABC 6 Action News offered a preview of Pennsylvania Ballet’s final performance of the 2013 season, which featured the Center-funded company premiere of William Forsythe’s Artifact Suite. Forsythe’s work demands a high level of athleticism, precision, and extension from dancers, and he modifies his choreographic process based on the dancers with whom he works.

Pennsylvania Ballet Artistic Director Roy Kaiser told ABC 6: “The ballerina is never on balance. She’s never straight up and down. She’s constantly being pulled off, and then it has group sections that literally use every member of the company, so you will have every dancer on stage, sometimes doing things in unison. Sometimes you’ll have 30 people doing 30 different things. You almost don’t know where to look. You’re on the edge of your seat.” Read more >

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Grants & Grantees

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Grants & Grantees

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