“Mats Ek and Ana Laguna. Memory”

1/12/2019 20:00
Boris Eifman Dance Theatre
“Mats Ek and Ana Laguna. Memory”

Triple bill program: “Axe”, “Memory”, film “Old and Door”

AXE (2015)

Choreography: Mats Ek
Musik: Tomaso Albinoni, Adagio in G Minor
Interpreted and played by Fleshquartet
Set and costume: Katrin Brännström
Light: Jörgen Jansson
Dancers: Ana Laguna, Yvan Auzely

Chopping firewood;
for him a matter of practical importance,
for her a worrying act of violence.
Theirs contrasting views provokes a confrontation.
The outcome is a new togetherness.
The axe has still its edge.

Duration: 15 min. 

Photo: © ​Lesley Leslie Spinks

MEMORY (2004)

Choreography: Mats Ek
Musik: Niko Röhlcke ”Memory”
Light: Jörgen Jansson
Dancers: Ana Laguna, Mats Ek

As a man remembers, the stage turns into the space he shared with his woman.
The past becomes the present, what was lost moulds into a new reality.

Duration: 15 min. 

Photo: © ​Lesley Leslie Spinks

Choreography: Mats Ek
Music: F. Chopin
Dancers: Birgit Cullberg, Ana Laguna, Yvan Auzely

Duration: 22 min.

“Once, Ek made a meal out of his own mother, the world-renowned experimental choreographer Birgit Cullberg.

Cullberg was 83 when Ek created a witty and erotic dance film, titled “Old and Door,” to showcase her undimmed expressive skills. At one point in the film, after Cullberg sinks to the floor in a reverie, a young man appears, digs a fork and knife into a soft curve of her body and hacks out real-looking flesh, which he stuffs into his mouth.

The film, created in 1991, was meant for television. But it was deemed too provocative, even for Sweden”.

– Sarah L. Kaufman. “Mats Ek — the Swedish rebel choreographer who’s ‘allergic to pretty“