Inside the Knot, that Two Bodies Make

Steven Spier

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    The film From a Classical Position (1997) is a fully collaborative work between a notable dancer and performer and a notable choreographer, being danced, directed and edited by Dana Caspersen and William Forsythe of the late Ballett Frankfurt. By looking at closely at the film, its origins and its process of creation, we gain an understanding of Caspersen and Forsythe's way of collaborating and their interest in working with other media and formats. Uncompromising if not difficult for a general dance audience, it is also somewhat didactic and offers insights into some of the Ballett Frankfurt's methods of generating movement, choreographic structures an the importance of classical technique to a distinct movement vocabulary.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)490-59
    JournalDance Research Journal
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2007

    Bibliographical note

    Reprinted in: William Forsythe and the Practice of Choreography. It Starts from Any Point. Routledge, pp. 101-111. ISBN 9780415978231 (2011)


    • William Forsythe
    • Dana Caspersen
    • dance and film
    • collaboration


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