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William Forsythe to join USC dance department

Posted on May 8, 2014

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forsythe companyThe choreographer William Forsythe will join the University of Southern California’s [USC] Glorya Kaufman School of Dance in 2015.

Forsythe, who has lived in Germany for most of his career, directing Ballet Frankfurt and then The Forsythe Company, is one of the most influential choreographers working today.

The Kaufman School of Dance was founded in 2012 with a gift from philanthropist Glorya Kaufman. In April 2014, building work began on the school’s state-of-the-art dance complex. The first intake of Bachelor of Fine Arts [BFA] dance majors will arrive in autumn 2015, at the same time as their new professor. The BFA programme will be directed by Jodie Gates, who danced in Ballet Frankfurt.

Forsythe is expected to spend six to eight weeks a year at USC. His choreographic methods will be practised in the school’s improvisation and composition courses, while he will work with students from new undergraduates to graduate students. The school also plans to establish a Choreographic Institute, with Forsythe as artistic advisor.  “USC is a research university, and that probably means there are many people, like myself, who are interested in processes,” he said. “I’m very excited at the prospect of teaching components of choreographic process – I really enjoy the challenge of illuminating the fundamentals of motion and aesthetic analysis.”

With Forsythe planning to spend more time in the United States, he also plans to appoint a new director for The Forsythe Company. Forsythe will help facilitate the transition.

On Saturday, May 10, William Forsythe will appear at the Brighton Festival, in conversation with the festival’s guest director Hofesh Shechter. Forsythe’s installation, Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No. 2, will be at Brighton’s Circus Street Market until May 25

Picture: The Forsythe Company. Photograph: Dominik Mentzos



Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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