Alexander Ekman’s Cacti captivated audiences during the RNZB’s Speed of Light tour in 2016, with the New Zealand Herald hailing its ‘cheeky effervescence, irrepressible energy and beguiling wit.’ New Zealanders now have the opportunity to see Cacti again, together with two additional works by Ekman: Tuplet and Episode 31; in their first ever presentation together.
All three showcase the hallmarks of Ekman’s style: exuberant and complex rhythms; a deep pleasure in the human interactions of dance; and witty, stylish staging. Tuplet, for just six dancers, is the most intimate, riffing off the split-second precision of contemporary ballet dancers at the top of their game. Episode 31 is larger in scale, a torrent of youthful vigour harnessing the energy of New York City. Cacti brings it all together, combining hilarious insights into the dancers’ innermost thoughts with a mesmerising musicality. The RNZB will be joined by the New Zealand String Quartet onstage for all performances.