The piece is performed to an original score by Thomas Willems, a composition for a single piano, which like the dance is at once naked in its simplicity and at times spell-binding in its complex intensity. To this sometimes-music and sometimes-silence performance, Caspersen and Forsythe dance a duet of sublime passion and sophistication, a love story without sentimentality.
Just Dancing Around?To produce this intimate portrait, Mike Figgis (Director of the Oscar-winning Leaving Las Vegas) spent six weeks with William Forsythe at the Frankfurt Ballet, where he has been Artistic Director since 1984. A rare choreographic tralent whose work is both intellectually and physically challenging, Forsythe makes a clear and articulate case for his method of deconstructing classical ballet.
Figgis takes the role of fascinated outsider, pursuing his volatile subject with a dogged enthusiasm. The documentary focuses on the build-up to the first performance of Forsytheís The Loss of Small Detail, and the soundtrack features the avant-garde music of Thomas Willems and Handelís Concerti Grossi.
FROM A CLASSICAL POSITION
Featuring William Forsythe and Dana Caspersen
JUST DANCING AROUND
Mike Figgis interviews William Forsythe
Featuring the Frankfurt Ballet
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