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In Performance: William Forsythe Sider at BAM (NYC)

In Performance: William Forsythe Sider at BAM (NYC)

Sider
A work by William Forsythe and The Forsythe Company
Music by Thom Willems
Oct 9—Oct 12, 2013
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

For choreographer William Forsythe, the stage is a large-scale laboratory for boundless theatrical and linguistic investigation. In Sider, the knotty speech rhythms of late-16th-century Elizabethan tragedy form the unlikely point of departure.

Dancers, equipped with earphones that play a recording unheard by the audience, deliver fragmented, enigmatic movements based on the cadences and meanings of the sumptuous Elizabethan text. Wielding giant sheets of cardboard, the dancers conjure an array of kinetic imagery and sounds—deepening this beguiling translation and evoking a world in which one language is withheld while another rises to the surface.

(Source BAM Website – Photo – Copyright:© Dominik Mentzos)

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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.

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