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CHOREOGRAPHIES BY MATS EK AND ALEXANDER EKMAN

Veranstaltungen in Berlin: Ek | Ekman
© Collage: Cyan

A SORT OF...
Choreography by Mats Ek
music by Henryk M. Górecki

Mats Ek is one of the leading choreographer-personalities of the 20th century. His radical reinterpretation of the ballet classic GISELLE for the Cullberg Ballet in 1982 attracted widespread international attention, as no one had dared to change the original choreographic text and form of the libretto before. Critics and audiences recognized in this version the beginning of a new era of stage dance.

With the dancers of the Staatsballett Berlin he is now working on his piece A SORT OF..., premiered in 1997 at the Nederlands Dans Theater.

CACTI
Choreography by Alexander Ekman
Music by Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert

As a keen observer, choreographer Alexander Ekman focuses his gaze on the contemporary dance scene, which he knows intimately. His 2010 ballet CACTI is a joyful parody of the excesses of this art form and a lovingly pointed deconstruction of the affectation of this creative scene. Sixteen dancers stand, seemingly trapped, on wooden squares. While a string quartet plays and voice recordings winkingly narrate the action, they try to escape their invisible prisons. Finally - and most importantly - they each acquire a cactus. But what does it all mean?

The Swedish choreographer has obviously struck a nerve with his work CACTI, as it has now been performed by twenty dance companies worldwide.
Additional information
Participating artists
Mats Ek (Choreographie und Inszenierung)
Henryk M. Górecki (Musik)
Maria Geber (Bühne und Kostüm)
Ellen Ruge (Licht)
Musik vom Tonträger
Alexander Ekman (Choreographie, Bühne und Kostüme)
Joseph Haydn (Musik)
Ludwig van Beethoven und Franz Schubert (Musik)
Alexander Ekman | Tom Visser (Umsetzung) (Licht)
Spenser Theberge (Text)
Streichquartett des Orchesters der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Solist:innen und Corps de ballet des Staatsballetts Berlin
Solist:innen und Corps de ballet des Staatsballetts Berlin
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