Thom Willems

Thom Willems

Photo: Jodokus Driessen

Thom Willems’ music is predominately created for ballet. He works since 1985 with the choreographer William Forsythe. Until 2004 with Ballett Frankfurt and from 2005 on with The Forsythe Company. Together they have created over 70 works.

His music is used for the creation of many of the most celebrated dance theatre works of our time by William Forsythe, such as In the middle somewhat elevated (1987) and The Loss of Small Detail (1991). Other key works include Impressing the Czar (1988), Limb’s Theorem (1990), A L I E / N A(C)TION (1992), Eidos/Telos (1995), One flat thing, Reproduced (2000), Sider (2011) and Study #3 (2013).

His music in connection with William Forsythe’s work, is featured in the repertoire of virtually every major ballet company in the world including The Mariinsky Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet,  New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Paris Opera Ballet, Teatro alla Scala Milano, Royal Ballet Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, Semper Oper Dresden, Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon and Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) among many others. In total 71 companies in 29 countries.

William Forsythe’s short film Solo, with his music, was presented at the 1997 Whitney Biennial.

His work is used by fashion designers, e.g. Issey Miyake and Gianni Versace and was performed at the opening of Tate Modern, London. (2000) In 2007 he was involved with Issey Miyake and Tadao Ando’s research center for design, 21_21 Design Sight in Tokyo and in 2008 with Matthew Ritchie’s installation ‘The Morning Line’ for Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary.