Horst Koegler reviews Zurich Ballet
in "Duo Concertant", "The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude", "Duo from 27'52''", and "In Spilville" for danceviewtimes
"4 Choreographies” announced the advertisement for the opening of the Zurich Ballet´of the 2011/12 season. Hardly very appetizing fare, it seemed. And yet an ambitious start, its four authors including George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylián and Heinz Spoerli, artistic director and chief-choreographer of the company.
And there was more to it. For Balanchine, the master, and Forsythe, than a strapping teenager who had just started his carrer as a dancer of the Stuttgart Ballet, had been the first colleagues who Spoerli had invited to Basle, Switzerland, his home-town where he had been appointed ballet director in 1973, then a youngster of 33 years, after his apprentice years in Basle, Cologne, Winnipeg, Montréal and Geneve.