ARTIFACT II. William Forsythe 1984
- Choreography: William Forsythe
- Music: Johann Sebastian Bach, Partita No. 2 for Violin in D Minor, BWV 1004: V. Chaconne
- Set design: William Forsythe
- Costumes: William Forsythe
- Lighting design: William Forsythe
- Duration: 17 minutes
- World premiere by Frankfurt Ballet on December 5th, 1984 at Opernhaus, Frankfurt am Main (Germany).
Premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza on December 10th, 1998 at Teatro Arriaga, Bilbao (Spain).
With Artifact II, the director of the Frankfurt Ballet wants to break with conventional ballet aesthetics, undoing them instead and proposing new visual creations to the spectator. With spectator compliance, a work like Artifact can become an adventure, because it does not propose anything closed or finished. The spectator must -and this is Forsythe’s intention- imagine their own music score.
Forsythe believes reality exists only in the mind of the human being; it is a product of personal fantasy, in the same way as art - which, through formalization, only becomes artificial. What interests the author is exploring and capturing the extremes, looking for the body's limits and the limits of light or expression, until he reaches their final frontiers. The dancers place themselves in that space, as if testing how far their muscles and articulations can reach. An extraordinary concept of spaciousness is pursued. Forsythe clearly states that he is not trying at a redefinition of the classical language; what he proposes is the development of a new vocabulary.