Mats Ek

The audience will immediately understand why the ballet is called Aluminium. However this title does not explain what the piece is about. The key word is “resistance”.

  • World premiere by: Compañía Nacional de Danza at Teatro Real, Madrid (Spain), April 23rd 2005

Not in the political sense but rather a mental state that one creates to avoid stagnation or to not take things for granted. A state of anxiety and of uneasiness that help guide one towards a new beginning. The architecture of music has been fundamental for establishing the concept of this work. Aluminum is the first original piece created by Mats Ek for Compañía Nacional de Danza. CDN has already premiered Grass (1994), Old Children (1994) and Solo For Two (2002) by the prestigious Swedish choreographer.


  • Choreography:
    Mats Ek
  • Music:
    John Adams (Shaker Loops)
  • Set and Costume Design:
    Peder Freiij
  • Lighting Design:
    Eric Berglund
  • Running time:
    30 minutes
  • Premiere cast:
    Tamako Akiyama, Dimo Kirilov, Luisa María Arias, Rafael Rivero, Yolanda Martín, Amaury Lebrun, Lucía Barbadillo, Christelle Horna, Inés Pereira, José Carlos Blanco, Francisco Lorenzo, Jens Rosen