After a dance career with Royal Swedish Ballet, Cullberg Ballet and NDT 2, Ekman decided to solely focus on choreography. During the NDT workshop Switch he was noticed for his talent and individual and original style. Last season the popular choreographer created Definitely Two for NDT 1 in Programme III, which premiered in the renowned Royal Theatre Carré on December 6, 2013. This season the strong piece Left Right Left Right will be shown again.
For NDT 2 Ekman created Flockwork (2006), the international hit Cacti (2010, nominated for the VSCD Zwaan Award 2010), Left Right Left Right (2012) and Maybe Two (2013). In 2010 he created La La Land with NDT 1 dancer Medhi Walerski for Göteborg Ballet. Ekman often composes music and develops decor for his own pieces.
By now Alexander Ekman works worldwide with companies such as Cullberg Ballet, Compañia Nacional de Danza Goteborg Ballet, Iceland Dance Company, Bern Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance, Ballet de l’Opéra du Rhin, Royal Swedish Ballet and the Norwegian National Ballet. He also created for festivals as the French Europa Danse and the Athens International Dance Festival.
In the International Choreography Competition of Hannover 2005, Ekman was awarded the first prize by the critics and won the second prize with Swingle Sisters (one of the ballets from his Sisters trilogy). In 2010 Ekman created his first full evening for the Cullberg Ballet, Ekmans Triptych – A study of Entertainment which received great response and is still touring the world. During 2011 Ekman also worked as a teacher / choreographer at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City.
His work Cacti was an instant hit and has been performed by NDT 2 in the Netherlands and on tour world-wide to great acclaim since. Cacti was also nominated for the Dutch dance prize Zwaan 2010 and for the National Dance Award (UK) 2012. In the spring of 2013 Cacti premiered in Australia and Germany. Sydney Dance Company, Dresden Ballet and Dortmund Ballet, Boston Ballet, Ballet Cidade de Sao Paulo, De Konglige Teater and continues to entertain audiences around the world.
In his years as a choreographer, Ekman proved to be an artistic multitalent. He often makes film productions. Though usually integrated in his choreographies, these productions also create more and more interest on their own. In 2009 Ekman created the dance film 40 Meters Under for and with Cullberg Ballet, which was broadcasted on National Swedish television. That autumn he collaborated with the Swedish renowned choreographer Mats Ek on video projections for Ek’s play Håll Plats. Ekman also created an installation for the Modern Museum in Stockholm with dancers of Cullberg Ballet.
In 2012 he collaborated with Alicia Keys and incorporated her into his work Tuplet.
In 2013 Ekman created his first commercial for the flooring Company Bolon which has won The design award in Milano and is currently nominated for the big design award in Sweden.
In 2014 Ekman created his own version of Swan Lake. A new take of the most famous ballet of them all. A swan lake received enormous attention world wide and will come back to th oslo Opera house 2016. Ekman filled the stage with 6000 litters of water creating a real lake on stage.