‘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.
“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