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William Forsythe Pushing at the Boundaries of Ballet

Feb 23, 2017 - The New York Times

“Step inside.”

Those are the first words spoken in the first moments of William Forsythe’s “Artifact,” the full-length ballet he created in 1984 after taking the reins at the Frankfurt Ballet, a relatively unknown German company with a conventional repertory of story ballets.

The American-born Mr. Forsythe, who had spent most of his professional career — as a dancer, then as a choreographer — at the Stuttgart Ballet, was extending an invitation. Step inside into another...