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Wayne McGregor, a man with more jobs than most in the wide world of dance, gave a TED talk a few months ago to explain his choreographic theory to an audience of, er........ people that go to TED talks.

At this talk Mr McGregor describes a choreographic technique that bears more than a passing resemblance to William Forsythe's technique known as "room writing".

That particular technique involves using imaginary objects as focal points for crafting specific movements and artificially manipulating the intent of the dancer in terms of their balance, their level and so on based on the location or type of imaginary objects in a given space. Mr Forsythe detailed his techniques in a CD-Rom entitled "Improvisation Technologies" that was released more than 13 years ago.

You can see an example from the CD-Rom below.

A few people are less than impressed with Mr McGregor's apparent lack of acknowledgement of Mr Forsythe during this talk including Anthony Rizzi who worked alongside Mr Forsythe for many years at Frankfurt Ballet.

Mr Rizzi commented on the Dance-Tech website;

"I am not sure if I am upset or honoured. I helped to create this style of movement with William Forsythe in 1985. it is kind of hard to hear this as if he has invented it. He should respect William Forsythe and mention him."

You can watch Mr McGregor's talk in full in the video below and make up your own mind but the methods are very similar. He begins actually demonstrating a couple of minutes into the video.

It's not completely beyond the realms of comprehension that two dance makers would come up with a similar methodology for crafting movement but given Mr McGregor's experience is it really believable that he had no knowledge of "Improvisation Technologies" or William Forsyth's techniques?

[ Source Dance-Tech ]

Have a good weekend.

  • SD_DanceMaker

    I had the exact same thought as Mr. Rizzi. In fact, when a friend posted the link of McGregor's TedTalk my response was...."or, you could just watch Forsythe's Improvisational Technologies"....coincidence? Kind of like Beyonce and Anna DeKeersmaker was a coincidence...

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