Human Writes

Performance installation by William Forsythe and Kendall Thomas

Concept: William Forsythe / Kendall Thomas

Stage / lighting / costumes: William Forsythe
Sound design: Dietrich Krüger / Niels Lanz / Thom Willems

Premiere: 23 October 2005, Schauspielhaus Zürich, Schiffbauhalle 1, Zurich

In 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Over 50 years later, in a joint project with Professor Kendall Thomas, The Forsythe Company focuses on the act of inscribing basic rules for both the individual and society. «Human Writes» is a performative installation that reflects the history of human rights and the continuing obstacles to their full implementation. (Imanuel Schipper)

The collaboration with Kendall Thomas and William Forsythe was made possible by the American Academy in Berlin.


Zurich, Schauspiel, 2005
Dresden, Festspielhaus Hellerau, 2006      
Frankfurt, Bockenheimer Depot, 2007
Brussels, Kunsten Festival des Arts, 2007
Istanbul, Istanbul Festival, 2008
Berlin, Radialsystem, 2010
Geneva, ONU Palais des Nations, 2012
Stockholm, Dansenshus, 2012

Human Rights Watch


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