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The Defenders

A choreographic work by William Forsythe

In »The Defenders«, an evolutionary allegory stretches out under an oppressive, sensitizing canopy. Questioning the idea of civilization and moving from the primordial to the heights of human achievement, each passing scene extends an ironic spectrum of questions about the progress of mankind.

»The Defenders«, created in 2007, is the first part of a multifaceted installation project by Forsythe. A large room is filled by a vast, monolithic white rectangle which hangs less than a meter above the dance space, creating a wide horizontal plane of oppressive proportion and sensitized acoustics. Within this narrow perspective, a panorama of evolution unfolds. The performers, who are unable to stand upright, traverse the space from end to end, engendering images which suggest a recounting of sentient development, from the primordial to the heights of human achievement. Each passing scene of this allegory extends an ironic spectrum of questions about civilization and the progress of mankind.