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Dance work by Alexander Ekman

A full evening in two acts by Sweden’s boldest choreographer.

  • Length

    Approx. 2 h 15 min (including 40 min interval)

  • Where

    Main Stage

  • Genre


  • Price

    335–400 kr

  • Accessibility

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World premiere! All the dancers from GöteborgsOperans Danskompani perform in this 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 hippie 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 we return for the second act, we find ourselves in a different place. Now we 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.


“Brillant” (Tanz) 

“Sprudelnde Freude und lebensbejahende Energie.” (Tanz) 
“A world-class performance” Aftonbladet
“Genius! Autumn’s absolute must-see!” Borås Tidning
“World-class dancers” Alba
“A pointed examination of our current self-obsession” Expressen
“Leaves no-one unmoved” Göteborgs-Posten
“A moving, almost sacred sequence to encounter the dancers so up-close and vulnerable.” Svenska Dagbladet
“The dancers crawl out into the audience who are entranced by these well-trained, sweaty hipster-hippies who ask to be photographed.” Dagens Nyheter
“Tears of joy run down the cheeks of an older lady beside me. She is happy. We are at one with the dancers.” Borås Tidning



Photos from the performance

In photo:  Frida Dam Seidel, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani|Photographer:  Lennart Sjöberg

Curious about Hammer?


Our performance programmes are popular. Even though we printed an extra run, there is a shortage of available programmes thanks to a wonderful public response and that we added extra performance so that more people could have the chance to see this piece.

So here below is a link to the programme as a PDF. Enjoy the show!

Download the programme

Curious about Hammer?

Performance programme
Audience reactions

Photos from rehearsals

Repetitionsbilder tagna av Victor Jeffreys II som samarbetar med Alexander Ekman i produktionen.

In photo:  GöteborgsOperans Danskompani|Photographer:  Victor Jeffreys II


Don’t forget that we offer introductions on the Small Stage before all dance performances (except premieres and guest performances).

Introductions shed light on the work and the choreographic process. They start 1 hour before the performance and last about 20 minutes. Present your ticket for the performance for free admission to the introduction. Please note that introductions are presented in Swedish.

Click here to read about our introductions, open rehearsals and post-performance events.

Bistro Menu

During 12 Songs +, the restaurant will serve the Opera Bar menu, but with seating in the restaurant.  

Please note, that the restaurant will be closed before the performances at 6pm 11 Feb., 3pm 19 Feb., and 3pm 25 Feb. The Café will be open as usual, and you’re welcome to eat in the restaurant after the performance

Read the Opera Bar menu and book a table here

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