Cacti

Choregraphy: Alexander Ekman
Music: Joseph Haydn: sonate no V “Sitio” from Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze, Hoboken XX, 1B; Ludwig van Beethoven: string quartet no. 9 in C, Opus 59, section from Andante con moto quasi allegretto; Franz Schubert: Presto from string quartet Der Tod und das Mädchen, arranged for orchestra by Andy Stein and for string quartet by Gustav Mahler; Allegro by Joseph Haydn from string quartets Opus 9, no 6 in A major. String quartet recorded by Harmen Straatman: Tinta Smidt von Altenstadt (first violin), Saskia Viersen (second violin), David Marks (alto violin), Artur Trajko (cello)
Lighting: Tom Visser
Décor & costumes: Alexander Ekman
Duration: 27 minutes
World première: 25 February 2010, Lucent Danstheater The Hague

Alexander Ekman calls himself a ‘rhythm freak’, as one of his trademarks is designing contemporary soundscapes. This choreography, for which he merely used classical music, resulted in a new arrangement of Schubert’s Der Tod und das Mädchen, created together with Holland Symphonia. In addition, the dancers become the instruments for the orchestra. Ekman used all dancers to challenge the audience to reflect on the way in which art is perceived.

After a dance career with Royal Swedish Ballet, Cullberg Ballet and NDT 2, Alexander Ekman (1984, Sweden) decided to solely focus on choreography. For NDT2 Ekman created the international hit Cacti (2010), nominated for the VSCD Zwaan Award (2010) Left Right Left Right (2012) and Maybe Two (2013) among other pieces. In season 13/14 Ekman created Definitely Two for NDT1.