Ekman : Eskapist [VOD]



With the complicity of the excellent Royal Swedish Ballet, Alexander Ekman makes dreams dance in a new surprising, lyrical and cosmic choreographical piece.

After the instant success of Midsummer Night’s Dream, exploring the density of traditional mysticism and the maze of imagination, choreographer Alexander Ekman and the Royal Swedish Ballet once again brings us on a dancing journey through the looking glass, beyond our own reality. Known for the spectacular quality of his pieces and the oneiric imagery he tends to deploy, Ekman seamlessly takes us from one unlikely situation from the next, thanks to the incredible technical maestria and versatility of the Royal Swedish Ballet dancers. ‘‘I like creating worlds that have never been seen before’’, Ekman wrote while creating Play with the Paris Opera Ballet : without ever sacrificing lyrical beauty and deep contemplation to pointless incongruity, Eskapist proves once again that the theatrical stage truly is a magic place, where the world as we know it shifts shapes only to dissolve into the most poetic fantasies one could envision.

Once more, Ekman has sought support from his long-term acolyte, Swedish composer Mikael Karlsson, whose entrancing music follows the wide range of styles mobilized by Ekman : sometimes downright comic and uplifting, and sometimes reflexive, deep, and ultimately cosmic.


Eskapist [VOD]

A piece by Alexander Ekman
Choreography, scenography, lights Alexander Ekman
Music Mikael Karlsson
Costumes Henrik Vibskov
Dramaturge Carina Nildalen

Royal Swedish Ballet

Eskapist Oscar Salomonsson
Cone heads Daria Ivanova, Sarah Jane Medley
Tree Queen Jonna Savioja
You and Me Anton Valdbauer, Emily Slawski
Old Eskapists Joakim Adeberg, Jérôme Marchand, Anton Valdbauer, Mayumi Yamaguchi
Classic duet Haruka Sassa, Adilijiang Abudureheman
Red hatwoman Alina Lagoas
Eskapists Coralie Aulas, Frida Hambraeus, Luiza Lopes, Kisa Nakashima, Moe Nieda, Natalie Ogonek, Alessa Rogers, Desislava Stoeva, Lisa Van Cauwenbergh, Madeline Woo, Kaho Yanagisawa, Gabriel Barrenengoa, William Dugan, Mackenzie Farquhar, Hampus Gauffin, Hiroaki Ishida, Pascal Jansson, Julien Keulen, Calum Lowden, Preston Mcbain, Kentaro Mitsumori, Jeremie Neveu, Samuele Ninci, Javier Rojas, Erik Rudqvist
Cellist Erik Wahlgren

Film by Tommy Pascal


Presse du spectacle

‘‘It is tremendously entertaining and seamlessly performed, and on stage technicians deserve as much applause as the dancers for this technically splendid spectacle, which is completely void of any dead space.’’ – Aftonbladet

‘‘Eskapist is a funny, grandiose and beautiful defense of stepping aside and reflecting, of playing, of fantasizing and dreaming.’’ – DN

‘‘A generous show in the fantastic universe of Ekman’’ – SvD

‘‘This is a funny, contemplating, magnificent evening at the Opera’’ – Expressen

‘‘ Competely magical… a vertignous escape from reality’’ – Sveriges Radio, Kulturnytt