11th Floor by Edouard Lock

Cullberg Ballet’s next big stage production WORKS offers two different expressions. Choreographer Edouard Lock creates an exclusive and elegant passion drama, inspired by jazz and film noir of the 1950’s. One of the most interesting young choreographers of today; Swedish Stina Nyberg, with a sharp contemporary expression, lets the dancers create music and movements in an integrated work of art where choreography, sound and light are equal. WORKS shows the brilliance of Cullberg Ballet in two contrasting works.

Press cuttings
"Luminous, consummate Cullberg"

"Compressed and suggestive"

"...a complete experience"

"...brilliant mastery of technique and expression"

"Smart, restrained, expressive - black is the new black. For Cullberg Ballet, almost anything is possible"
Västerbottens-Kuriren 

"extremely refined"

"A narrative in constant motion, a story that continuously surprises and challenges" 
Västerbottens Folkblad 

11th Floor
Choreography, lighting design Edouard Lock
Set design Claude Goyette
Costume design Ulrika van Gelder
Music created by Gavin Bryars
Music performed by Adam Forkelid (piano), Dan Berglund (bass), Lisa Eriksson Långbacka (accordion), Nils Berg (woodwind)
Dancers Adam Schütt, Eszter Czédulás, Sylvie Gehin Karlsson, Jac Carlsson, Alexandra Campbell, Johanna Lindh, Eva Mohn, Gesine Moog, Piotr Giro (guest dancer)

Duration approximately 48 minutes

”Eleven chapter as a narrative defined by a climb through time and memory where each room hold a story. No outside. No view.” 

Renowned choreographer Edouard Lock creates 11th Floor directly for Cullberg Ballet. The work is inspired by jazz and film noir of the 1950’s, and focuses on an unspoken crime of passion, unstable relations and repressed tensions. With music written specially by Gavin Bryars and costumes by Ulrika van Gelder, 11th Floor is an elegant and sophisticated period piece with ten of the Cullberg Ballet dancers. Composer, jazz musician and bassist Gavin Bryars has composed works in a variety of styles of music, including jazz, free improvisation, minimalism, historicism, experimental music, avant-garde and neoclassicism. He has created music to several operas, string quartets, concertos, as well as choral music. He has collaborated with many chorographers and directors; Edouard Lock, Merce Cunningham and Robert Wilson, among others. 

Edouard Lock created, already at the age of 20, works for several different companies in Canada. Lock founded his own company La La La Human Steps 1980 in Montréal and the company has had great international success with many big scale dance productions. The award winning Lock has worked with many different companies, and artists such as Louise Lecavallier, David Bowie and Frank Zappa, to mention a few. Many of Lock’s works have appeared on film, as well as the acclaimed film adaptation of Amelia directed by Lock himself in 2004. He is counted as one of the ground breaking superstars of modern dance. 

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