Rare Birds

The epic undertaking of Alexander Ekman’s A Swan Lake at the Norwegian National Ballet. With short films Memory House and Instar.

Co-presented by Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco

(USA/Norway, 2014) 59:01
Director: T.M. Rives
Choreographer: Alexander Ekman

Friday, October 9 | 7:30 pm

Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
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Single Ticket: $15 (Students: $13, ID required)

Eventbrite - Screening of Rare Birds: Making Ekman's A Swan Lake


Rare Birds is an intimate look at creativity. Following choreographer Alexander Ekman during production of A Swan Lake (Norwegian National Ballet), the film tracks dance creation from ideas to hard reality. The house’s army of artists and workers took on unique challenges, requiring new approaches to costume and sets, and the installation of a 6000-liter lake onstage.

A portrait of Ekman as well as a celebration of the state of the craft (A Swan Lake became a sensation, nominated for the 2014 Prix Benois de la Danse), Rare Birds reveals the challenges and pleasures of production in a major institution.

Additional Credits

Lead Dancers Gudrun Bojesen, Camilla Spidsøe, Yoel Carreño, Melissa Hough, Yoshifumi Inao, Daniel Proietto, Yaniv Cohen | Company National Norwegian Opera & Ballet | Producer T.M. Rives / Odd Beast Films | Director of Photography T.M. Rives | Composer Mikael Karlsson

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San Francisco Dance Film, Memory House, Director: Loughlan Prior & Ryan Fielding, Choreographer: Loughlan PriorMemory House

(New Zealand, 2013) 17:02
Director: Loughlan Prior & Ryan Fielding
Choreographer: Loughlan Prior
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Set against a decaying old house, Royal New Zealand Ballet’s leading dancers create dramatic solos and duets that evoke memories of the past.

San Francisco Dance Film, Instar, Director: Mathieu Gremillet, Choreographer: Juanjo ArquesInstar

(Netherlands, 2015) 6:48
Director: Mathieu Gremillet
Choreographer: Juanjo Arques

A film inspired by insects, their environment, behavior, movement and life cycles.

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