William Forsythe

Biography

William Forsythe has been active in the field of choreography for over 45 years. His work is acknowledged for reorienting the practice of ballet from its identification with classical repertoire to a dynamic 21st century art form. Mr. Forsythe’s deep interest in the fundamental principles of organization has led him to produce a wide range of projects including installations, films, and web based knowledge creation.

Mr. Forsythe was raised in New York City and initially trained in Florida with Nolan Dingman and Christa Long. He danced with The Joffrey Ballet and later Stuttgart Ballet, where he was appointed Resident Choreographer in 1976. In 1984, he began a 20-year tenure as director of the Ballet Frankfurt. After its closure, he established a new ensemble, The Forsythe Company, which he directed from 2005 to 2015. Mr. Forsythe’s most recent works were developed and performed exclusively by The Forsythe Company, while his earlier pieces are prominently featured in the repertoire of virtually every major ballet company in the world, including the Mariinsky Ballet, New York City Ballet and Paris OpĂ©ra Ballet.

Further to his work as a choreographer, Mr. Forsythe is a current Professor of Dance and Artistic Advisor for the Choreographic Institute at the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.