William Forsythe 'Loss' project resource materials

Scope and Content

Photocopied papers, articles, notes and drawings by William Forsythe and his dancers made during the creation of the choreographic work 'Loss of small detail'. Includes recordings of performances and rehearsals of the piece, interviews with the participants and collaborators, dance theatre programmes and press releases.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Forsythe is a choreographer known internationally for his work with the Ballett Frankfurt and the Forsythe Company. He has been awarded an honorary fellowship from the Laban Centre and an honorary doctorate from the Julliard School.


The Collection has been catalogued into the following series:

  • A/ Resources for Loss of small detail (Choreographic work: Forsythe)
  • B/ DVDs and accompanying notes
  • C/ Ballett Frankfurt programmes, press cuttings and press releases
  • D/ Drawings
  • E/ Photocopied articles on Loss of small detail (Choreographic work: Forsythe)
  • F/ Posters for Ballett Frankfurt

Access Information

Temporarily closed to the public.

Acquisition Information

The collection was received from Dr Valerie Preston-Dunlop.

Other Finding Aids

The Collection has been fully catalogued on to the Laban Archive catalogue.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Jane Fowler, Archivist, Laban.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies can not be made without the permission of the Forsythe Company. Please consult the Archivist.

Custodial History

The Collection was compiled during the production of a CD-ROM focusing on the creation of the choreographic work 'Loss of small detail'.


No further accruals are expected.

Location of Originals

The original documents are held by the Forsythe Company.


'Developing choreological maps of processes of creating multimedia works of dance theatre referring to William Forsythe's the Loss of Small Detail' by Valerie Preston-Dunlop, London: Laban, 2008, is a CD-ROM based on these resources. It is available in the Laban Library at OFF 037 PRE.


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