Alexander Ekman's Cacti is a powerful piece of choreography that challenges contemporary dance with its unconventional use of space, movement, and humor. The work features 16 dancers who intermittently act as percussionists throughout the ballet. In addition to the complex score performed by Boston Ballet orchestra, contemporary violinists Joshua Knowles and Rhett Price lead an engaging string quartet that will interact with the dancers on stage. Boston Ballet is the first North American company to perform Cacti featuring the work in the 50th season performance of Pricked.
Alexander Ekman was born in Stockholm in 1984. He trained at the Operans Balettelevskola from 1994-2001. During the 2001-2002 season, he danced at the Royal Opera House in Stockholm. He joined Netherlands Dans Theater II from 2002 until 2005. During his dance career Ekman worked with choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, Nacho Duato, Johan Inger and Mats Ek.
Ekman has become known for his fast-paced timing, witty humor and clever transitions. Since 2006, he has devoted his time creating relatable works which both entertain and question the observer. He aims to transform the atmosphere in the theater and to always surprise the audience.