Aviariation

William Forsythe
1949, New York, NY (US) – Frankfurt am Main (DE)

in cooperation with Theater Basel

Steel door
Courtesy of the artist

Programming: Sven Thöne
Producer: Julian Gabriel Richter

June 04., 2013,  Theaterplatz, Basel

Basel, Theaterplatz, 2013
Knislinge, Wanas Foundation, Sweden, 2017

Through his choreographic objects, Forsythe explores how physical bodies and movement interact in space, an interaction that, unlike gesture, does not vanish once created. In this sense, choreography becomes independent of the human body and can examine the ongoing relationship between objects in motion.  “Aviariation” takes place on the square directly in front of Basel’s theater. The square’s chestnut trees become both components in the work and its performance space. The trees’ movements thus serve as the project’s basis and its content as viewers self-reflectively engage with the resulting choreography. Their hearing and sight follow the movements taking place on the square, where nature is “staged” and “intensified” in a highly nuanced manner. The swaying branches and rustling leaves also have an effect on the local bird population – as the work’s title suggests.


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