Herman Schmerman

William Forsythe

In conversation about Herman Schmerman, William 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, too. It’s a piece about dancing that will be a lot of fun."

  • World premiere by: the New York City Ballet, Diamond Project at the New York State Theater, New York (USA), May 28th 1992
  • Premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza: at Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid (Spain), November 8th 1996

“It’s just (…) talented dancers dancing around, and that’s good, isn’t it?”


  • Choreography:
    William Forsythe
  • Music:
    Thom Willems
  • Costume Design :
    William Forsythe and Gianni Versace
  • Set and Lighting Design:
    William Forsythe
  • Set made by:
    Enrique López Corella
  • Costume made by:
    CND wardrobe
  • Running time:
    26 minutes
  • Premiere cast CND:
    Bertha Bermúdez, Catherine Habasque, Muriel Romero, José Cruz, Kim McCarthy, Mar Baudesson, Patrick de Bana