William Forsythe Company Comes to BAM
Oct. 16-29, BAM plays host to the Forsythe Company as part of the 2011 Next Wave Festival (tickets $20+), which will be presenting I don’t believe in outer space. Developed following the iconic choreographer’s sixtieth birthday, the piece is, as he told the Guardian when it played Sadler’s Wells earlier this year, an exploration of his own mortality, “It’s the theatre of disappearance. An absurd memoir. A look at my life without me.” Informed by the phenomenological philosophy of Edmund Husserl, it presents the stuff of Forsythe’s own experience as a collection of debris, detritus stripped (or possibly not) of meaning absent his own perspective. By all accounts it’s a powerful work, and one which won praise across the board for the performance of Dana Caspersen, a long-time collaborator from his Ballet Frankfurt days (and his wife).