William Forsythe is at the pinnacle of contemporary dance. His choreographic thinking is constantly in dialogue with all the major pioneering contemporary art movements: whether it be performance, visual arts, architecture or multimedia.
The choreographer made a first version of 'Yes we can't' in 2008 in Dresden. He made a new version of it in 2010, the so-called Barcelona version. As the company's press release puts it: "The spectacle of struggle for exceptional performance is always haunted by the thrilling spectre of failure. Reflecting the resolve voiced by Beckett to 'Try again. Fail again. Fail better' the deliberate staging of mishap in 'Yes we can't' ironically effaces the patina of excellence in performance, laying bare its inhering unsustainability and constant imperfection."