Alexander Ekman

"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."
-Alexander Ekman

  • World premiere by: the Nederlands Dans Theater II (NDTII) at the Lucent Danstheater, Den Haag (Netherlands), November 9th 2006
  • Premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza: at Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid (Spain), June 17th 2011

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…


  • Choreography:
    Alexander Ekman
  • Music:
    Martin Schmidt & Drew Daniel (Matmos), Evan Ziporyn & Arden Trio, Alexander Ekman, traditional Hawaiian music
  • Set Design:
    Alexander Ekman
  • Costume Design:
    Alexander Ekman and Yoke Visser
  • Lightning Design:
    Tom Visser
  • Assistant to the choreographer:
    Nina Botkay
  • Premiere cast CND:
    Luisa María Arias, Marina Jiménez, Stephanie Dalphond, Kayoko Everhart, Allie Papazian, Mar Aguiló, Sara Fernández, Javier Monzón, Daan Vervoort, Fernando Carrión, Clyde Archer, Isaac Montllor, Francesco Vecchione, Stein Fluijt, Lucio Vidal, Allan Falieri