In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated

William Forsythe

The strength of this work is its simplicity.

  • World premiere by: Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris at Théâtre National de l’Opéra de Paris (France), May 29th 1987
  • Premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza: at Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid (Spain), December 11th 1992

The strength of this work is its simplicity.In the Middle, lacking in any external effects, concentrates on the traditional formula of theme and variations. The main theme, danced by the ballerina, increases progressively as the number of dancers increases, until the dance of the whole group turns into ever more complex variations and pas de deux. The dancers’ apparent and nonchalant disdain 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 offer a miniscule reflexion of the huge interior at the Opéra de Paris’, the space in which this ballet was created.


  • Choreography:
    William Forsythe
  • Music:
    Thom Willems
  • Set Design, Costume and Lighting Design:
    William Forsythe
  • Staging:
    Glenn Tuggle
  • Costume made by:
    Klaus Schreck
  • Running time:
    28 minutes
  • Premiere cast CND:
    Mar Baudesson, Caty Arteaga, Ricardo Franco, Catherine Habasque, Jennifer Grissette, Raúl Tino, Tony Fabré, Catherine Allard, Marcelle Lehner