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Flockwork. Alexander Ekman 2006


Flockwork. Dancer: Marina Jiménez
  • Choreography: Alexander Ekman
  • Music: Martin Schmidt & Drew Daniel (Matmos), Evan Ziporyn & Arden Trio, Alexander Ekman, traditional Hawaiian music.
  • Sets: Alexander Ekman
  • Costumes: Alexander Ekman and Yoke Visser
  • Light design: Tom Visser
  • Choreographer assistant: Nina Botkay
  • Video recording: Hipocampo Films; Video editing: Alexander Ekman
  • Duration: 25 min.
  • World premiere by Nederlands Dans TheaterII at Lucent Danstheater, Den Haag, November 9th, 2006.
  • Premiered by Compañía Nacional de Danza at Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid, June 17th, 2011.

When I created Flockwork for NDT2 I was very young. It was my first bigger piece and I was thrilled to be given the chance. This is the third time that I rework Flockwork.

I find it very difficult to return to my old work and therefore have to adapt it to where I am a the moment, and also to adapt it onto the new dancers that will perform it.

Flockwork is a rhythmical, somewhat humorous and visual work. The title Flockwork actually describes the piece very well. A large group flocking around creating patterns and scenarios around three large tables. A group that gathered to create something together, to participate and create a massive installation together.

A mirror of societies flocking around everywhere, and people that need to do something all the time. The music by Matmos is a piece of music I have listened to for many years now. I enjoy music that has a journey, and this piece goes through unexpected ways, which surprise. In my work I always see it as a mission to surprise and make the audience feel something or forget about their own lives for a second. I hope you will enjoy this quirky visual baby of mine...

Sincerely / Alexander Ekman.