Meet one of the dance world's most sought after choreographers in an interview prior to the premiere of SHIFT | CACTI. Ekman, who has previously created Tyll, Midsummer Night’s Dream and recently Escapist for the Royal Swedish Ballet, has over the last few years been firmly established on the international dance scene with new creations such as Play for the Paris Opera, Cow at the Semperoper Dresden and A Swan Lake at the Norwegian National Ballet. Dramaturge Katarina Aronsson talks to Ekman a few days before the opening of SHIFT | CACTI at the Royal Swedish Opera.
SHIFT | CACTI
BALLET | AVAILABLE UNTIL FEBRUARY 27 2021
In the spring of 2020, the world was paralyzed by the corona pandemic, and theaters around the world were forced to close. At the end of May, the choreographer Alexander Ekman was hired to create a corona-adapted work for the Royal Swedish Ballet's dancers, which becam the work SHIFT.
The second presented work is Ekman's most recognised internationally, CACTI (2010), which has never been shown in Sweden before. »CACTI is about how we view art and how we feel the need to analyze and" understand "art. I feel that there is no "correct" way and that everyone is free to interpret and experience art as they wish. "
The performance is realised with the support of the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.
CHOREOGRAPHY & VISUAL DESIGN ALEXANDER EKMAN
MUSIC SHIFT MIKAEL KARLSSON
MUSIC CACTI JOSEPH HAYDN, LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN, FRANZ SCHUBERT
RECORDED MUSIC BY THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA, CONDUCTOR DAVID BJÖRKMAN
LIGHT ALEXANDER EKMAN ASSISTED BY LIGHTMASTER MARTIN SÄFSTRÖM (SHIFT); TOM VISSER (CACTI)
TEXT CACTI SPENSER THEBERGE
DANCERS FROM THE ROYAL SWEDISH BALLET
CAMILLE CHANIAL, MAËVA COTTON, FRIDA HAMBRAEUS, DARIA IVANOVA, ALAIA ROGERS-MAMAN, LUIZA LOPES, ISABELLE MAIA, SARAH JANE MEDLEY, ANNA CECILIA MEYER, KISA NAKASHIMA, NATHALIE NORDQUIST, ALESSA ROGERS, HARUKA SASSA, NADJA SELLRUP, PAULINE SIMON, DESISLAVA STOEVA, LISA VAN CAUWENBERGH, MADELINE WOO, KAHO YANAGISAWA, ADILIJIANG ABUDUREHEMAN, GABRIEL BARRENENGOA, JONATAN DAVIDSSON, PANAGIOTIS DIONYSAKOPOULOS, HAMPUS GAUFFIN, DANIEL GOLDSMITH, PASCAL JANSSON, JULIEN KEULEN, OTMAR KLEMANN, DAWID KUPINSKI, CLAES LINDBOM, PRESTON MCBAIN, KENTARO MITSUMORI, JÉRÉMIE NEVEU, SAMUELE NINCI, GIANMARCO ROMANO, ETHAN WATTS, KARL WIGLE
ELISA FOSSATI, FRIDA HAMBRAEUS, DARIA IVANOVA, SARAH JANE MEDLEY, KISA NAKASHIMA, NATALIE OGONEK, ALESSA ROGERS, HARUKA SASSA, ANNA CECILIA MEYER, DESISLAVA STOEVA, LISA VAN CAUWENBERGH, MADELINE WOO, KAHO YANAGISAWA, CALUM LOWDEN, GABRIEL BARRENENGOA,JONATAN DAVIDSSON, PANAGIOTIS DIONYSAKOPOULOS, WILLIAM DUGAN, HAMPUS GAUFFIN, JULIEN KEULEN, DAWID KUPINSKI, ANDREA MARINO, JÉRÉMIE NEVEU, GIANMARCO ROMANO, ERIK RUDQVIST, ETHAN WATTS, PRESTON MCBAINDUETT CACTI KAHO YANAGISAWA, JONATAN DAVIDSSON
SOLO CACTI MADELINE WOO
MUSICIANS FROM THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA
CARL VALLIN, ANNA BRUNDIN-MOSSOP,
HÅKAN OLSSON, KATI RAITINEN