Physical Thinking

June 1 - 8, 2019

The National Ballet of Canada

Choreographer(s): William Forsythe

The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude is a short, but fiercely demanding work created by the choreographer in 1996 for his Ballet Frankfurt company. Set to the final movement of Schubert’s Ninth Symphony, it demonstrates, as the title suggests, the bracing excitement of pure classical technique, its rigour, focus and speed, and functions as an homage to traditional classical and neo-classical form as perfected by Petipa and Balanchine.

A brief, dazzling showcase of ballet technique that is nailed by its title: it’s all about verticality, virtuosity and precision – plus that frisson of danger as you sense that one wrong foot could bring the whole thing down.”

- Bachtrack

The most showily balletic work Forsythe ever made.”

- The Guardian

Upcoming Performances

June 1, 2019 7:30 pm

June 2, 2019 2:00 pm

June 5, 2019 7:30 pm

June 6, 2019 7:30 pm

June 7, 2019 7:30 pm

June 8, 2019 2:00 pm