William Forsythe’s Balloon Performance in Frankfurt

Just as the dancer moves of her own free will, so does the balloon, a concept displayed in German choreographer William Forsythe’s abstract performance entitled Scattered Crowd. Thousands of ghost-white balloons have been suspended from the ceilings of Frankfurt’s Bockenheimer Depot, all of different sizes and opacity. The balloons scatter throughout and sometimes crowd various rooms (which are adorned with such circa-1900 details as checkered tiles and golden pillars), creating a decision among visitors: to move around the balloons, or physically touch them? The installation results in what Forsythe considers human emotion and reflection. Given their interaction with the balloons and their choices in navigating the maze, visitors of Scattered Crowd end up partaking in a performance of their own, thus making themselves a subject.

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