Mats Ek presents his last ever piece of choreography tonight until 10 January in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on the first stop of his farewell tour. He is 70.
The programme presents three pieces under the title, From Black to Blue.
She Was Black is from 1994, and will be performed by dancers from the Semperoper Ballett Dresden. The 1996 work Solo for 2 features Dorothée Delabie and Oscar Salomonsson. The last piece, and also his final choreography, is called Hâche, created, appropriately, for his wife and muse, Ana Laguna, who will dance with Yvan Auzely. The work uses music by Albinoni, with sets and costumes by Katrin Brännström together with Jörgen Jansson’s lighting.
Along with his retirement comes the surprising announcement that he will be withdrawing the rights to perform his works from companies across the world. Le Figaro reports that as he is obsessed with perfection he no longer wants he pieces to be staged if he is not available to oversee the rehearsal process.
No more performances of Giselle? Apartment? And in Japan, Sylvie Guillem has just said adieu to his touching piece Bye at the end on her final tour.
‘Bye Mats Ek?