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Herman Schmerman. William Forsythe

CND ARCHIVE REPERTOIRE 90/11. GUEST CHOREOGRAPHERS

Herman Schmerman. One Dancer
  • Choreography: William Forsythe
  • Music: Just Ducky (1992) by Thom Willems
  • Settings and Light Design: William Forsythe
  • Costumes: William Forsythe and Gianni Versace
  • Staging: Kathryn Bennetts
  • World Premiered by New York City Ballet, Diamond Project, New York State Theater on May 28th, 1992. Premiered by Compañía Nacional de Danza at Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid, November 8th, 1996.

In conversation about Herman Schmerman, Mr. Forsythe has said, "I first heard that phrase ("Herman Schmerman") used by Steve Martin in the film Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. I think it's a lovely title that means nothing. The ballet means nothing, either. It's a piece about dancing that will be a lot of fun. It's just five talented dancers dancing around--and that's good, isn't it?" This ballet is Mr. Forsythe´s third work in the repertoire of Compañía Nacional de Danza and the second with music by composer Thom Willems.

Thom Willems was born in Arnhem, Netherlands, and studied electronic and instrumental composition at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague. Mr. Willems has composed works for European television, radio, and movies. Mr. Willems' work has been performed by The Frankfurt Ballet, L'Opéra de Paris, the San Francisco Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, the Royal Danish Ballet, and the Nederlands Dans Theatre.