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Flash Review, 10-5: "Atmosphere?!"
Sophomoric 'Studies' of War from William Forsythe

By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2006 The Dance Insider

PARIS -- One can hardly fault William Forsythe's earnestness in wanting to use his metier to comment on the war and terrorism ravaging our world. The two problems with his new "Three Atmospheric Studies" (at least the two parts I was able to sit through in last night's French premiere at the Theatre National de Chaillot -- I wasn't up to remaining for Dana Caspersen's promised Condoleezza Rice imitation) are that it is less atmospheric than sophomoric and that he strays too far from his metier, with a second tableau that is more theater than dance, except that the hackneyed script was evidently not written by a professional (playwright). If the program credits didn't say "choreographed and directed by William Forsythe" -- and not withstanding the competent performances of his Forsythe Company -- one would think the work the creation of someone just out of college, with a lot to say but not a lot of ways to say it.

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