Alexander Ekman is an internationally sought after choreographer that produces entertaining and artistically integeral work within the contemporary and classical dance world. He has created 35 works to date, for companies such as Cullberg Ballet, Netherlands Dance Theater, Goteborg Ballet, Iceland Dance Company, Bern Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance, Ballet de l’Opéra du Rhin, Royal Swedish Ballet and The Norwegian National Ballet and Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. Alexander's works are known for their clever ideas, fast-paced choreography and abundance of humor. Besides holding the choreographic credit, Alexander regularly designs the set/costumes and composes the music/rhythms for his creations.
Alexander's breakthrough as a choreographer came in November 2006 with »Flockwork«, a work made for Netherlands Dans Theater 2, which toured successfully throughout Europe and for which he created the music and scenography as well. The young swede has been mentioned as a choreographer to watch by Ballet Tanz and was nominated for the Griman Awards in Iceland for his piece »Station Grey - Last Stop«. In 2005 he won the Critic's Prize in the Hannover choreographic competition for »The Swingle Sisters« which was later added to Cullberg Ballet's repertory. He also received the prestigious Drottningholm Scholarship in Sweden.
In the spring of 2008 Alexander was asked to create 5 dance installations for the Modern Museum in Stockholm in collaboration with the Cullberg Ballet. In 2009 Alexander collaborated as video artist with renowned choreographer Mats Ek on his new play »Hållplats«. In 2010 Alexander was invited to become associated choreographer with NDT2 until 2013. Alexander’s work »Cacti« (NDT2 , 2010) was an instant hit and has been performed by NDT2 in the Netherlands and on tour world-wide to great acclaim since. »Cacti« was nominated for the Dutch dance prize »Swan best dance production 2010«.
In 2011 Alexander created new works for Gotenborg Ballet, Cullberg Ballet and Cedar Lake Dance Company. His first full evening, »Ekmans Triptych - a study in entertainment«, was premiered by Cullberg Ballet in 2011 and has been presented on tour since. From 2012 to 2014 Alexander will be creating new works for NDT2, NDT 1,Royal Swedish Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo. He will also be staging his works on 3 continents with various known dance companies among which Boston Ballet, Basel Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Sao Paolo City Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders.
Alexander's dance film »40 Meters Under« for Cullberg Ballet is available for rental and purchase on iTunes. »40 Meters Under« was created as part of a Cullberg triple bill evening and has since been repeatedly broadcasted on National Swedish Television.
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