20. Interview avec Alexander Ekman
He is the wunderkind of the international contemporary dance scene and has created original works for the Cullberg Ballet, and the Royal Swedish Ballet, among others. Now Alexander Ekman puts on the dance shoes for Bolon in a unique and exciting collaboration.
In the short film you made for Bolon you can be seen dancing on the flooring. Is it a good surface for ballet or modern dance?
"When we created the film I was quite concerned about the Bolon floor because dancers are usually very picky about what surface they are dancing on. In most opera houses and other dance stages there is a specially laid dance floor. But Bolon actually worked out fine … only a couple of minor falls and bruises! What was quite funny was that we not only danced on the floor but we also made costumes out of it. We actually wore the floor! To be honest, its not the most comfortable piece of clothing I have ever worn... but it was definitely the most comfy floor I have ever worn!”
How did the Silence collaboration with Bolon come about? Bolon and Alexander Ekman share a passion for the unusual and unpredictable with both flooring company and choreographer dealing in traditional crafts but striving to challenge conventions…did these connections make for a helpful and inspirational factor during your collaboration?
“I think that the Eklund sisters were hungry to create something different from the beginning. They contacted me and we spoke about what we could do. I am always open for new challenges and love to try new things. So this seemed like a great and fun project to me. They were very receptive to my ideas and we clicked immediately. I always try to create things outside the box and I reckon Annica and Marie relate to that way of thinking as well.”
This is an outtake from Projects We Love 2014. Read the full article by downloading the magazine below.