chapter  12
12 Pages

Choreographic thinking and amateur bodies: Steven Spier

BySTEVEN SPIER

Putting together steps, illustrating a piece of music, making dance or even just movement: what is choreography actually? The question is seldom so bluntly posed and the answer not as obvious as it first seems. It is, however, a question central to understanding Forsythe’s long career performing and choreographing. While he has always displayed an insatiable curiosity – such diverse fields as ballet, music, literature, mythology, philosophy, popular culture, geometry, higher mathematics and cognitive science, amongst others have all been influences – his central preoccupation is indeed the question of what choreography is and can be.