Ballet in two acts (2017)
"I like creating worlds that have never been seen before." - Alexander Ekman
A sparkling personality on the contemporary dance scene, Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman works with the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet for the first time. Trained at the Swedish Royal Ballet, he danced with the Nederlands Dans Theater and the Ballet Cullberg before turning to choreography.
Ekman's 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 performance charged with communicative energy, PLAY transports audiences back to the fun of their childhoods in a festive, oft-burlesque atmosphere anything but devoid of humour or profundity.
NB: These Australian Premiere screenings of PLAY replace the previously billed LE PARC, which was not performed due to strike action in Paris.