Choreographed and performed by William Forsythe, 1997. Music by Thom Willems, in collaboration with Maxime Franke. Directed by Thomas Lovell Balogh. Camera by Jess Hall. Courtesy of The Forsythe Company.
Shot in black-and-white, Solo features an electric solo performance by choreographer William Forsythe, beginning with a close-up on the balletic movements of his feet, scanning up his frame, and then finally zooming out to capture his frenetic movements across a starkly lit stage. The dance is accompanied by an atonal violin composition by Thom Willems and occasional directions from an off-camera male voice, both of which contribute to the film's gloomy, paranoid atmosphere. Solo premiered at the 1997 Whitney Biennial and is considered a landmark in Forsythe's artistic career.
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