Théâtre des Champs Élysées

From black to blue    
Mats Ek 

Inspired Mats Ek bows out with a programme of 3 ballets including a new premiere lifted to fresh heights by his muse Ana Laguna

She was black  (1994)
Mats Ek  choreography
Henryk M. Gorecki, musique traditionnelle de Mongolie  music
Ellen Ruge  lights
Semperoper Ballett Dresden  dancers 

Solo for 2  (1996) 
Mats Ek  choreography
Arvo Pärt  music
Erik Berglund  lights
Peder Freiij  sets and costumes
Dorothée Delabie, Oscar Salomonsson  dancers

Hâche  (2015)  
Mats Ek  choreography 
Albinoni  music (Flesh Quartet)
Jörgen Jansson  lights
Katrin Brännström  sets and costumes
Ana Laguna, Yvan Auzely  dancers

Approximate running time 
1st part : 45 mn - Intermission: 20 mn - 2nd part : 45 mn

Swedish choreographer Mats Ek, is first and foremost an entertainer by background, having inherited this trait from both his mother, choreographer Birgit Cullberg, who trained in the wake of Martha Graham, and from his father Anders Ek, Ingmar Bergman’s favourite actor. Blood will out and Mats Ek’s fame extends far beyond the confines of his native Scandinavia due to his consummate skill in revisiting classics from the classical ballet repertoire. After his heartrending version of Giselle (hailed as a classic in its own right and now part of the repertoire of a number of companies worldwide), he produced a popular Swan Lake (which also achieved cult status), a Sleeping Beauty and, most recently, a tender Romeo and Juliet. However, Mats Ek’s career cannot be reduced to these contemporary reworkings of the great ballets of the past, and in 2000 his new tour de force was Apartment, a work in 12 tableaux about daily life for the ballet of the Paris Opera. As in She was Black a few years earlier, he gave expression to choreographic writing which was both unusual and hard-hitting, composed of large, sometimes fierce movements for groups and finely-crafted movements for soloists. The last chapter of his oeuvre, which is both cultured and humorous, consists of the works created for Sylvie Guillem, Smoke (renamed Solo for 2) and more recently Bye, created for the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in 2012. In 2015, Mats Ek celebrated his 70th birthday, but he is still eternally youthful both on and off the stage.

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Mats Ek

Mats Ek à propos de son prochain spectacle "From black to blue"

Mats Ek

Extrait du ballet "Hâche" (2015) chorégraphié par Mats Ek et dansé par Ana laguna et Yvan Auzelay.


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