In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated

William Forsythe

The strength of this work is its simplicity.


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.