The Vile Parody of Address

William Forsythe

The Vile Parody of Address is a piece which is fundamentally based on the capacity for improvisation. Improvisation is contained both in the dancing and in the text.

  • World premiere by: Ballet de Frankfurt, Frankfurt (Alemania), November 26th 1988
  • Premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza: at Teatro de Madrid, Madrid (Spain), April 14th 1995

Each interpreter’s role has a clearly defined personality which is, in turn, contaminated by each dancer’s true identity which, at the same time, gets confused, to a certain degree, with his partner’s role on the stage.

Despite what I keep saying
it doesn’t have to be this way
the doctor and I are fully aware
of the precious condition of
your other head


  • Choreography:
    William Forsythe
  • Music:
    Johann Sebastian Bach(1685-1750). The Well-tempered clavier performed by Glen Gould
  • Staging:
    Carlos Iturrioz, Michael Schumacher
  • Lighting Design:
    William Forsythe
  • Voice:
    Nicholas Champion
  • Running time:
    25 minutes
  • Premiere cast CND:
    Ruth Maroto, Mª Luisa Ramos, Antonio Calero, Esther Oliva, Patrick de Bana, Alexandra Scott, Thomas Klein, Nicolo Fonte, Raúl Tino, Ricardo Franco