Arthaus presents the ballet Appartement of the legendary Swedish choreographer Mats Ek, which he created for the soloist dancers of the Opéra National de Paris. The ballet is set to the music of the Swedish rock band Fleshquartet, performing live on stage. Fleshquartet have recently garnered acclaim as the instrumentalists behind the Wallander theme tune.
“Apartment is the place where we spend our lives, in close proximity to ourselves and others, where life’s rich pageant unfolds. But at the same time, “appartement” means “separation” and isolation - a place, which can simultaneously be personal and “apart”. The title of the ballet became compelling during the latter stage of preparation in Paris, encapsulating as it does various images and actions, which do not tell a story but can be linked to this key word. Not everything is connected with the concept, however. You will notice a zebra crossing. In reality it is situated in front of the Mistral bistro in Paris, next to the municipal theatre, where for many years I have had the opportunity to observe the everyday interplay of the passers-by.” Mats Ek
Bonus: Mats Ek on “Appartement”
Sound Format: LPCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1
Picture Format: 16:9
DVD Format: DVD 5, NTSC
Subtitle Languages: GB, DE, FR, ES, IT, CN (Bonus)