Ek | Ekman

Choreographies by Mats Ek and Alexander Ekman

22
Wednesday
March
19:30
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105 minutes incl. 1 break

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  • Mats Ek
    Henryk M. Górecki
    Maria Geber
    Ellen Ruge
    Eoin Robinson
    Tabatha Rumeur
    Lewis Turner
    Filipa Cavaco
    Yuka Matsumoto
    Yuria Isaka
    Julia Golitsina
    Eloise Sacilotto
    Pablo Martínez
    Gregor Glocke
    Dominic Whitbrook
    Tyler Gurfein
    Alexander Bird
    Alexander Abdukarimov
    Musik vom Tonträger
    Alexander Ekman
    Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven und Franz Schubert
    Alexander Ekman | Tom Visser (Umsetzung)
    Spenser Theberge
    Elisabeth Heise-Glaß (1. Violine), Aaron Biebuyck (2. Violine), Maria Dubovik (Bratsche), Arne-Christian Pelz (Cello)
    Johnny McMillan
    Liza Avsajanishvili
    Anna Liening
    Timothy Dutson
    Achille De Groeve
    Theo Just
    Gregoire Duchevet
    Wolf Hoeyberghs
    George Susman
    Erick Swolkin
    Chinatsu Sugishima
    Mira Speyer
    Bruna Cantanhede
    Suren Grigorian
    Marina Duarte
    Claudie Lacquemanne
    Aurora Dickie
    Aeri Kim
    Ksenia Ovsyanick
    Alicia Ruben
    Alizée Sicre
    Marco Arena
    Alexei Orlenco
    Nikolai Korypaev
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22
Wednesday
March
19:30
Information under [staatsballett-berlin.de]
Buy tickets
Cast
  • Mats Ek
    Henryk M. Górecki
    Maria Geber
    Ellen Ruge
    Eoin Robinson
    Tabatha Rumeur
    Lewis Turner
    Filipa Cavaco
    Yuka Matsumoto
    Yuria Isaka
    Julia Golitsina
    Eloise Sacilotto
    Pablo Martínez
    Gregor Glocke
    Dominic Whitbrook
    Tyler Gurfein
    Alexander Bird
    Alexander Abdukarimov
    Musik vom Tonträger
    Alexander Ekman
    Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven und Franz Schubert
    Alexander Ekman | Tom Visser (Umsetzung)
    Spenser Theberge
    Elisabeth Heise-Glaß (1. Violine), Aaron Biebuyck (2. Violine), Maria Dubovik (Bratsche), Arne-Christian Pelz (Cello)
    Johnny McMillan
    Liza Avsajanishvili
    Anna Liening
    Timothy Dutson
    Achille De Groeve
    Theo Just
    Gregoire Duchevet
    Wolf Hoeyberghs
    George Susman
    Erick Swolkin
    Chinatsu Sugishima
    Mira Speyer
    Bruna Cantanhede
    Suren Grigorian
    Marina Duarte
    Claudie Lacquemanne
    Aurora Dickie
    Aeri Kim
    Ksenia Ovsyanick
    Alicia Ruben
    Alizée Sicre
    Marco Arena
    Alexei Orlenco
    Nikolai Korypaev
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A SORT OF…

Choreography by Mats Ek
Music by Henryk M. Górecki

Mats Ek is one of the leading personalities of 20th century choreography. With his radical reinterpretation of the ballet classic GISELLE for the Cullberg Ballet he caused widespread international resonance in 1982 because no one previously had dared to change the original choreographic text and the form of the libretto. In this version, critics and audience recognized the beginning of a new era of theatrical dance.
»My choreographies are underlaid with a subtext: when you dance them, you have to connect certain images and feelings with the movement. Without them the movements just appear strange and peculiar. The focus always has to be clear: for a solo, it’s directed to the interior of the person, for several dancers it’s related to the partners«, as Mats Ek himself describes the attitude being necessary to perform his choreographies. With the dancers of the Staatsballett Berlin, he is now working on his piece A SORT OF…, which premiered in 1997 at the Nederlands Dans Theatre. With this programme, he finds his way into the Berlin ballet repertoire for the first time.


CACTI

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

In CACTI, Alexander Ekman turns his keen eye upon the scene that birthed him: contemporary dance itself. A gleeful and knowing parody of the art form’s greater excesses, CACTI is an affectionate, pointed, and often hilarious deconstruction of the affectations of dance. 27 dancers stand, seemingly trapped, on oversized Scrabble tiles. While a string quartet plays and spoken recordings give tongue-in-cheek narration of the action, the dancers try to escape their invisible prisons; eventually —and this is the important bit— they each acquire a cactus. But what does it all mean?
Ekman has written: »This work is about how we observe art and how we often feel the need to analyze and ‘understand’ art. I believe that there is no right way and that everyone can interpret and experience art the way they want. Perhaps it’s just a feeling that you can’t explain or perhaps it’s very obvious what the message is.« His work CACTI (2010) has been performed by 20 dance companies worldwide.


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