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Robert Tanitch reviews The Forsythe Evening at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London

The English National Ballet celebrates William Forsythe with a delightful double performance that is bound to be hugely popular.

Choreographed to music by James Blake, Blake Works 1 features seven songs from his album The Color in Anything.

Playlist (EP), formerly Playlist (track 1, 2) was created for male dancers and is now being recreated to include females. Traditional steps are set to contemporary music by Peven Everett, Lion Babe, Khalid, Barry White and Natalie Cole

Forsythe takes the vocabulary of classical dance and rethinks its connections and forms. “I want,” he says, “to popularize ballet because the dancers are fantastic. I want people to love them more and appreciate what they do.”

The double bill is both relaxed and energetic. The dancers are free to play off each other. It feels improvised; yet it is highly structured.

Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of ENB, says the company has enjoyed every minute of working with Forsythe. This love is very visible. Everyone is having fun. It’s like a party

The solos, duets, the ensemble, the ever-changing formations, the complex footwork, the abrupt entrances and exits, the percussive beats, the leap, the sheer skill…. Boisterous and fast-paced, Forsythe Evening is easy to watch and very easy to like.

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Robert Tanitch reviews The Forsythe Evening at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London

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