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Cacti

Maison de la Danse de Lyon 2013 - Director : Plasson, Fabien

Choreographer(s) : Ekman, Alexander (Sweden)

Present in collection(s): Maison de la Danse de Lyon , Saisons 2010 > 2019

Video producer : Nederlands Dans Theater 2;Maison de la Danse

Integral video available at Maison de la danse de Lyon

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Cacti

Maison de la Danse de Lyon 2013 - Director : Plasson, Fabien

Choreographer(s) : Ekman, Alexander (Sweden)

Present in collection(s): Maison de la Danse de Lyon , Saisons 2010 > 2019

Video producer : Nederlands Dans Theater 2;Maison de la Danse

Integral video available at Maison de la danse de Lyon

en fr

Cacti

World Premiere 25 February 2010, Lucent Dans theatre, Den Haag

In Cacti Ekman turns his keen eye upon the scene that birthed him: contemporary dance itself. A gleeful and knowing parody of the art form’s greater excesses, Cacti is an affectionate, pointed and often hilarious deconstruction of the affectations of dance.

Sixteen dancers stand, seemingly trapped, on oversized Scrabble tiles. While a string quartet plays, and spoken recordings give tongue-in-cheek narration of the action, the dancers run, fall, writhe and try to escape their invisible prisons; eventually – and this is the important bit – they each acquire a cactus. But what does it all mean?

Cacti was created in 2010 and is one of Ekmans most succesful pieces. It consists of 16 dancers creating rhythms together with 4 musicians live on stage.

Cacti was given as a gift from Queen beatrice of Holland to the royalties of Norway on a state visit in Oslo 2010. The piece was also nominated for the pristigeous Swan award for best new dance production in the Netherlands 2010.

Sydney Dance Company, Dresden Ballet, Dortmund Stadstheater and Boston Ballet will perform Cacti in 2013.

The Piece has been nominated for three awards. A swan award in Holland for best new dance production and for the critics circle award and an Olivier award in the UK.

Choreography Alexander Ekman
Assistant to the choreographer Urtzi Uranburu
Lighting Design Tom Visser
Costume Design Alexander Ekman
Text Spenser Theberge

Ekman, Alexander

Alexander Ekman is a freelance director / choreographer.

Ekman is known for his fast paced timing and witty humor and clever transitions. He aims to create work which the majority can connect to, finding subjects that we can all relate to.
Since 2006 he has devoted his time creating pieces which both entertain and question the observer. He aims to transform the atmosphere in the auditorium and to always surprise the audience.

The most important question I always ask myself before I begin creating a new work is, Why do we need this piece ?

Source: Alexander Ekman 's website

More information

alexekman.com

ecolededansedegeneve.net

Plasson, Fabien

Born in 1977, Fabien Plasson is a video director specialized in the field of performing arts (dance , music, etc).

During his studies at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (joined in 1995) Fabien discovered video art. He was trained by various video artists (Joel Bartoloméo Pascal Nottoli , Eric Duyckaerts , etc) .
He first experimented with the creation of installations and cinematic objects.

From 2001 to 2011, he was in charge of Ginger & Fred video Bar’s programming at La Maison de la Danse in Lyon. He discovered the choreographic field and the importance of this medium in the dissemination, mediation and pedagogical approach to dance alongside Charles Picq, who was a brilliant video director and the director of the video department at that time.

Today, Fabien Plasson is the video director at La Maison de la Danse and in charge of the video section of Numeridanse.tv, an online international  video library, and continues his creative activities, making videos of concerts, performances and also creating video sets for live performances.


Sources: Maison de la Danse ; Fabien Plasson website

More information: fabione.fr

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