Alexander Ekman

Alexander Ekman is an internationally sought after choreographer who has created 35 works to date, for companies such as Cullberg Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NDT2), 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. His works are known for their clever ideas, fast-paced choreography and abundance of humour.  

In 2006, Alexander’s breakthrough came when he choreographed and created the music and scenography for Flockwork for NDT2, which later toured successfully throughout Europe. Compania Nacional de Danza Madrid added Flockwork to their repertoire in June 2011.

In collaboration with the Cullberg Ballet in 2008, Alexander created 5 dance installations for the Modern Museum in Stockholm. The following year, Alexander collaborated as video artist with renowned choreographer Mats Ek on his new play Hållplats. He was appointed associated choreographer with NDT2 from 2010 to 2013.

Alexander’s first full evening, Ekmans Triptych – A Study in Entertainment, was premiered by Cullberg Ballet in 2011 and has been presented on tour since. His dance film 40 Meters Under has been repeatedly broadcasted on National Swedish Television.

Mentioned as a choreographer to watch by Ballet Tanz, Alexander was also nominated for the Griman Awards in Iceland for his piece Station Grey – Last Stop. In 2005 he was awarded with 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.

Alexander’s work Cacti was premiered by NDT2 in 2010 and was an instant hit, having been performed on tour since to world-wide acclaim. Cacti was also nominated for the Dutch dance prize Swan Best Dance Production 2010. Sydney Dance Company’s presentation of Cacti will be the Australian premiere of Alexander’s work.