William Forsythe and CLI Studios - The Barre Project

6 - 16 May 2021

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Conceived in the midst of the pandemic, choreographer William Forsythe, New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Tiler Peck, and CLI Studios present The Barre Project (Blake Works II). Choreographed for film, with the feel of a live performance, The Barre Project was created via Zoom, with all rehearsal, filming and assembly taking place remotely.

★★★★★ "The whole thing is only half an hour long, but it’s 30 minutes of perfection."

Set to the music of popular singer-songwriter James Blake, The Barre Project is the second in a series of Forsythe’s works to music by Blake. While theaters were closed and stages vacant, Forsythe set to work looking for a common theme running through our challenging times. Inspired by dancers worldwide who were unable to access formal classes but committed to sustaining themselves and their art, The Barre Project consists of five musical episodes that focus on the most primary feature of ballet training: barre.

★★★★★ "A work of exhilarating genius"

Forsythe’s classical, yet unpredictable choreography delights in revealing a surprising range of dynamic potential contained within a barre, and artists Tiler Peck, Lex Ishimoto, Brooklyn Mack, and Roman Mejia, revel in the opportunity to share the demands of daily ballet class in a refreshingly different light.


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Performance Recorded at: La Mirada Theater, Los Angeles, California
Photo Credit: Geovanny Santillan
Dancer: Tiler Peck




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