May 30, 2019
Physical Thinking, The National Ballet of Canada’s triple bill of William Forsythe works, opens the company’s Summer Season on June 1 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. In between rehearsals for the company premieres of The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and Approximate Sonata 2016, and the return of The Second Detail, First Soloist Brendan Saye, Second Soloist Kathryn Hosier and Corps de Ballet Member Selene Guerrero-Trujillo share their thoughts on performing the groundbreaking choreographer’s works.
Brendan Saye, First Soloist
“There is an amazing freedom within the structure of William Forsythe’s choreography which allows dancers to play with improvisation and explore musicality. Lightning-fast steps and intelligent choreography make his ballets a workout for the body as well as the mind. It requires a lot of concentration and awareness as you are constantly trying to bend the rules and push your body to extremes.”
Kathryn Hosier, Second Soloist
“It is an adrenaline-charged experience to explore the challenge of William Forsythe’s work. It takes so much strength and flexibility to execute the movements properly and has taught me to push my personal boundaries and play with the contrast of attack and fluidity.”
Selene Guerrero-Trujillo, Corps de Ballet Member
“Physical Thinking is the most anticipated programme for audiences as well as the dancers this season. It is an exploration of William Forsythe’s works but also of our own bodies and techniques. He really pushes the limits of classical vocabulary physically. His ballets are very agile, extreme and musical. They are exhilarating to dance!”
Physical Thinking is onstage June 1 – 8, 2019.