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Hammer

An evening in two acts by Sweden’s boldest choreographer.

World premiere! The entire GöteborgsOperans Danskompani in a new work by Alexander Ekman.

‘I want to create a joyful, entertaining work with plenty of energy. I really look forward to working with all the talent in GöteborgsOperans Danskompani.’  — Alexander Ekman

In Hammer, a harmonious community shares an altruistic lifestyle inspired by the hippy era. They run, play, sing and enjoy life together. But slowly, the community progresses towards the modern age with its ubiquitous surveillance. The group’s behaviour becomes increasingly egotistical and individualistic. When the audience returns for the second act, they will find themselves in a different place. Now they will meet a group of self-conscious people in lonely bubbles. Eventually, unable to cope with all the false pretences, they are forced to relinquish their image-conscious facades and return to an altruistic existence.

Multi-award-winning choreographer Alexander Ekman is bold, unpredictable and innovative, just like GöteborgsOperans Danskompani. His visually powerful work turns a spotlight on contemporary society’s self-image, often with a humorous twist. Ekman has created some 50 works, which have been performed by almost as many companies worldwide. Hammer, a full evening in two acts, is his third work for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani.

Credits: Lennart Sjöberg