"I like creating worlds that have never been seen before."
- Alexander Ekman
A sparkling personality on the contemporary dance scene, Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman has been invited for the first time to work with the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet.
Trained at the Swedish Royal Ballet, he danced with the Nederlands Dans Theater and the Ballet Cullberg before turning to choreography. His language, both visceral and tinged with humour, combines theatricality and classical and contemporary vocabulary alike.
Best known for the spectacular quality of his pieces with their dreamlike imagery, he fills the stage of the Palais Garnier with metallic structures, dancers suspended in space, elevations… A surprising production carried along by enticing rhythms and communicative energy.
The Étoiles, the Premiers Danseurs and the Paris Opera Corps de Ballet
Voice of Alan Watts from recordings on the Tao of Philosophy courtesy of alanwatts.org
A production of the Paris Opera, Bel Airt Média and SVT
With the participation of France Télévisions and the support of the Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée
Director: Tommy Pascal
© Opéra national de Paris - Bel Air Media - SVT - 2018
Picture: © Ann Ray / OnP