"I like to make uncertain what takes place on stage and to extend what I call the poetry of disappearance.
- William Forsythe"
A regular collaborator at the Paris Opera for almost thirty years, William Forsythe returns to the stage of the Palais Garnier with three ballets. First performed in 1996, Approximate Sonata is a series of pas de deux, a dazzling and virtuoso reinterpretation of classical vocabulary in a minimalist scenography, sculpted by sophisticated light effects devised by the choreographer himself. Thom Willems has prepared a new version of the original score for this revival. William Forsythe also used music by Thom Willems for Of Any If And, created in 1995 for the Frankfurt Ballet and which is entering the Paris Opera's repertoire today. In his perpetual quest for innovation, the choreographer has devised an extremely technically demanding duet, this time by introducing words. Enigmatic words uttered by two performers from the rear of the stage; words projected intermittently on the black background of various screens.
In each work, his command of space and consummate knowledge of the most academic neoclassical dance forms allow him to deconstruct and transcend the language of dance to offer us a resolutely modern vision. Now, with that same energy and quest for perfection, William Forsythe is presenting another new work specially created for the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet, this time with a new musical collaborator: the British composer James Blake.