Sydney Dance Company's Cacti is coming to Canberra and Melbourne

By Michelle Potter
Updated April 24 2018 - 10:22pm, first published April 26 2016 - 3:41pm

Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman, has a very eclectic theatrical output. His works have names like Hubbub; Elvis, Posh and Me; Ekman's Tap Dance; A Swan Lake; Nude; A Fountain Group, for example, and his newest work, which premiered in Dresden, Germany, in March is called Cow. The vocabulary he uses in his choreography is equally diverse and ranges from full-on classical ballet steps to moves that recall cheerleading routines. Moreover, this diversity of vocabulary is not just across his different works but is even noticeable within a single piece. He also likes to have his dancers jumping on and off platforms, usually moveable, of various shapes and sizes, and he occasionally uses surfaces or venues that challenge the dancers. A Fountain Group was a pop-up installation in a fountain in his home city of Stockholm and, a little in the manner of Pina Bausch and Meryl Tankard perhaps, he flooded the stage with water in A Swan Lake - and added a few rubber duckies as well.

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