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From 10 to 30 May 2023
Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company
Blake Works I

Teatro alla Scala New Production

Premiere 4 July 2016, Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris, Palais Garnier


William Forsythe, choreography and stage design

James Blake, music

Dorothee Merg e William Forsythe, costumes

Tanja Rühl, lights

Blake Works V

Teatro alla Scala New Production

World Premiere


William Forsythe, choreography, stage design and costumes

James Blake, music

Tanja Rühl, lights on original drawings by Brandon Stirling Baker

Recorded music


A grand return to La Scala, and with an unprecedented one, for William Forsythe: the starting point and the new arrival in the exploration into the musical fabric of James Blake are brought together for the first time. It began with Blake Works I at the Opéra of Paris and, by way of the digital stage, arrives at La Scala with the world premiere of Blake Works V, a new chapter in The Barre Project. A work in continual evolution, the Barre series began in 2021 at the height of the pandemic with a dance filmed and streamed; the performances at La Scala will present an unpublished, unique version, with new choreographic sections conceived specially for the diverse and formidable talents in the Company.