In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated

in-the-middle, somewhat elevated, William Forsythe, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
  • Choreographer: William Forsythe
  • Music: Thom Willems (1987)
  • Costumes: William Forsythe
  • Lighting: William Forsythe
  • Set Design: William Forsythe
  • World Premiere: May 30, 1987; Paris Opera Ballet
  • PBT Performance Date: October 23-25, 2015;

Program Notes

Originally created for the Paris Opera Ballet, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated is a theme and variations in the strictest sense. Making use of academic virtuosity, it extends and accelerates these traditional figures of classical ballet. By shifting the alignment of positions and the emphasis of transitions, the enchainments begin to tilt obliquely and receive an unexpected drive that makes them appear at odds with their own origins.

— William Forsythe