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In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated. William Forsythe


In the Middle Somewhat Elevated. Dancer Partners
  • Choreography: William Forsythe
  • Music: Thom Willems
  • Set decoration, costumes and light design: William Forsythe
  • Staging: Glenn Tuggle
  • World premiered by the Ballet de L’Opéra de Paris at the Théâtre National de l’Opéra de Paris, on May 29th, 1987. Premiered by Compañía Nacional de Danza at Teatro de la Zarzuela of Madrid, September 11th, 1992.

The strength of a work is based on its simplicity. In the Middle, lacking in any external effects, is concentrated in the traditional formula theme and variations. The main theme, danced by the ballerina, increases progressively in relation with the number of dancers, until the result of the groupbecomes much more complex variations and pas de deux. The pretended disdain of the dancers contrasts with the strict and severe technical demands. The title of the ballet refers to two golden cherries, which hang above from the centre of the stage, and which lead to a minimal reflexion within the huge interior of l’Opéra de Paris, the space in which this ballet was created.

Thom Willems was born in 1955 in the Netherlands. He studied electronic and instrumental composition at the Koninklijke Conservatorium of music in Den Haag. upto now his work as a composer has been mainly focused on electronic music for the stage. He is a very frequent collaborator with William Forsythe and together they have created more than 25 ballets.

Thom Willems has composed music for other choreographers, including Daniel Ezralow, Daniel Larrieu, Marcia Haydee and Kristina de Chatel. He has also created music for films and TV. His work forms part of the repertory of Frankfurt Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Ballet de L’Opéra de Paris, New York City Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Company, National Ballet of Canada, and many others.