Herman Schmerman (Pas de Deux)

Choreography by: William Forsythe

Music by: Thom Willems

Forsythe’s angular, contemporary choreography for this striking and inventive pas de deux is paired to an electronic score by his long-time collaborator Thom Willems.

William Forsythe choreographed Herman Schmerman, his second work for NYCB, as part of the 1992 Diamond Project. Originally choreographed for five dancers, Forsythe said at the time, "The ballet means nothing. It’s a piece about dancing that will be a lot of fun." In 1993, Forsythe added a pas de deux to the ballet, and when NYCB revived the ballet in 1999, Forsythe decided to present just the pas de deux.

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Just Ducky (1992)
January 28, 1993, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Wendy Whelan, Kevin O'Day (guest artist)

10 Min.
Costumes by
Gianni Versace
Lighting by
Mark Stanley