Alexander Ekman


Alexander Ekman is an international choreographer/Director creating dance pieces for Opera houses Theatres and Museums. He also directs films and music videos as well as live performances in pop-up locations.

 

Ekman is known for his fast-paced timing, witty humor, and clever transitions. He aims to create work which the majority can relate and connect with. Since 2006, he has devoted his time creating pieces which both entertain and question the observer. He aims to transform the atmosphere in the audience and to always surprise the audience.

 

Around 50 dance companies worldwide have performed works by Ekman. A few of them are the Royal

Swedish Ballet, Cullberg Ballet, Compañia Nacional de Danza Goteborg Ballet, Iceland Dance Company, Bern Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance, Ballet de l’Opéra du Rhin, The Norwegian National Ballet, Boston Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Sydney Dance Company, The Royal Ballet of Denmark, and Vienna Ballet. He also created for festivals such as the French Europa Danse and the Athens International Dance Festival.

 

His work Cacti has become a worldwide hit and has been performed by 18 dance companies. Cacti was nominated for the Dutch dance prize Zwaan 2010, for the National Dance Award (UK) 2012, and also for the British prestigious Olivier Award. Cacti continues to entertain audiences around the world with its important message.

 

In 2014, Ekman created his own version of Swan Lake, a new take of the most famous ballet of them all. A Swan Lake received enormous attention worldwide. Ekman filled the stage with 6,000 litters of water creating a real lake on stage. A swan lake is available on DVD and the documentary "Rare Birds" by T.M. Rives shows the process of how it became possible to create a lake inside an Opera house.

 

He has also collaborated closely with top fashion designer Henrik Vibskov who created the costumes for Ekman’s A Swan Lake. Vibskov then adapted the choreography for his fall collection which was shown in Paris and Copenhagen during fashion week.

 

In 2015, Ekman created his own version of Midsummer Night's Dream at the Royal Swedish Ballet, which became an instant hit with the audience and critics.

 

He received the Swedish Medea Award för “Inventor and Renewer” in September 2015, as well as the Såstaholm Award and the Birgit Cullberg Scholarship, and in 2016, he received the German theatre award “ Der Faust ” for his ballet COW for the Semperoper Ballet.

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Alexander Ekman is an international choreographer/Director creating dance pieces for Opera houses Theatres and Museums. He also directs films and music videos as well as live performances in pop-up locations.

 

Ekman is known for his fast-paced timing, witty humor, and clever transitions. He aims to create work which the majority can relate and connect with. Since 2006, he has devoted his time creating pieces which both entertain and question the observer. He aims to transform the atmosphere in the audience and to always surprise the audience.

 

Around 50 dance companies worldwide have performed works by Ekman. A few of them are the Royal

Swedish Ballet, Cullberg Ballet, Compañia Nacional de Danza Goteborg Ballet, Iceland Dance Company, Bern Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance, Ballet de l’Opéra du Rhin, The Norwegian National Ballet, Boston Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Sydney Dance Company, The Royal Ballet of Denmark, and Vienna Ballet. He also created for festivals such as the French Europa Danse and the Athens International Dance Festival.

 

His work Cacti has become a worldwide hit and has been performed by 18 dance companies. Cacti was nominated for the Dutch dance prize Zwaan 2010, for the National Dance Award (UK) 2012, and also for the British prestigious Olivier Award. Cacti continues to entertain audiences around the world with its important message.

 

In 2014, Ekman created his own version of Swan Lake, a new take of the most famous ballet of them all. A Swan Lake received enormous attention worldwide. Ekman filled the stage with 6,000 litters of water creating a real lake on stage. A swan lake is available on DVD and the documentary "Rare Birds" by T.M. Rives shows the process of how it became possible to create a lake inside an Opera house.

 

He has also collaborated closely with top fashion designer Henrik Vibskov who created the costumes for Ekman’s A Swan Lake. Vibskov then adapted the choreography for his fall collection which was shown in Paris and Copenhagen during fashion week.

 

In 2015, Ekman created his own version of Midsummer Night's Dream at the Royal Swedish Ballet, which became an instant hit with the audience and critics.

 

He received the Swedish Medea Award för “Inventor and Renewer” in September 2015, as well as the Såstaholm Award and the Birgit Cullberg Scholarship, and in 2016, he received the German theatre award “ Der Faust ” for his ballet COW for the Semperoper Ballet.