Mattias

EDUCATION / START / BEGINNING

Mattias Ekholm is a choreographer, dancer and coach, from Stockholm in Sweden. He graduated from Balettakademien in 1993 after which he joined Carte Blanche in Bergen and over a decade became a highly accomplished dancer in the company. He is based in Oslo, Norway.

Mattias Ekholm is from Stockholm in Sweden. His life as a dancer began as a teenager in the mid eighties at Lasse Khülers Dansskola where he was involved in many Show Dance and Jitterbug performances. In 1993 he graduated from a three year education for professional dancers at Balettakademien in Stockholm with a focus on modern dance.

CARTE BLANCHE

After graduation he moved to Bergen on the rainy west coast of Norway to join the Carte Blanche. Here he was immediately exposed to many of the prominent choreographers who were active around Europe during the 1990s, and he soon became one of the more profiled dancers in the company. He worked under four different directors over the next decade and was fortunate enough to work with many great artists and choreographers some of  whom are still an important part of Mattias’s working life.

NEW CHALLENGES

During his time in Carte Blanche Mattias took several periods of leave to work with other companies and choreographers. The most important of these was Kenneth Kvarnström who took Mattias to Finland in 1996 to work as a dancer with the Helsinky City Theatre Dance Company. Mattias then continued his collaboration with Kenneth by joining his company K. Kvarnström & Co in Stockholm. Over the next six years he worked closely with the company which resulted in several long and successful tours in Europe, Africa and the USA, and a dance production for SVT, Swedish Television.

DEPRESSION IS GOOD

In the years between 2004 and 2007 Mattias lived in Stockholm and tried to find out if there was a life for him beyond being a performer. This was a somewhat depressing time, both mentally and economically. Mattias was pushed in to new situations and circumstances, but these difficult times ultimately helped to spark new motivation and re-awaken his passion for creativity. His long experience was instrumental in developing his skills as a coach and Mattias moved to Malmö to work as a Rehearsal Director for Skånes Dansteater. It was during this period that Mattias and Suzie first started working together.

NEW BEGINNINGS

With renewed vigour and inspiration Mattias returned to Norway and joined Ingun Bjørnsgaard and her company Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt (IBP) in Oslo. Since 2008 Mattias has been working both as a performer and rehearsal director for the company. In 2009, after being granted a work scholarship, Mattias was able to start focusing on developing his ideas together with Suzie. Over the next couple of years they tested their working methods and their ability to collaborate with each other, and after creating two works together decided to establish DEED. Mattias continues to work with many other projects and choreographers and since 2012 has also been employed by The Actors and Dancers Alliance (SKUDA). Through the Mentoring programme at Skuda Mattias has been guiding and mentoring two young professional dancers.

CV

2014-date
DEED

2007-date
Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt

2012
Skuespiller- og danseralliansen

2006
Rehearsal director at
Skånes danseteater

1993-2003
Carte Blanche

1999-2003
Kenneth Kvarnström & Co

1996-1997
Helsinky City Theatre Dance Company

1990-1993
Education at Balettakademien,
Stockholm

COLLABORATORS

SUZIE DAVIES
Partner and CO-leader of DEED

INGUN BJØRNSGAARD
Choreographer and director of
Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt

KENNETH KVARNSTRÖM
Director of K. Kvarnström & Co

SELECTED PERFORMANCES and CHOREOGRAPHERS

DEED
I Count When She Walks 2017
The Performance Formerly Known As Sexy 2014
Wolman/Lycanthrophy 2011

INGUN BJØRNSGAARD
Rotating Nora 2014
Praeambulum 2013
Omega and the Deer 2011
Die Verklärte Nacht 2011
The Sea 2010
Poppea 2009
The Solitary Shame Announced by a Piano 1998/2007
Seven Imperatives 2001
Alminnelig Norsk landskap 1998

KENNETH KVARNSTRÖM
Blind Me 2003
Splitvision 2001
325,4 kg 1999
NO 3 1997
And the Angels Began to Scream 1997
Carmen 1996
NoNo 1996

Kristina Gjems
This is a World of Dew  2015

The LINE
Near far where ever you are  2013

Karen Foss Quiet Works
TO  2010

Dans Design
La Boheme  2010

Hege Haagenrud
Hamster prosjektet 2010
Dyret som nektet 2008/2009

Det Norske Teatret
Døden i Teben  2008

Ina Christel Johannesen
Har du sunget den for Grieg 1993
Det andre 1996
Edit Quartet 1998

OTHER CHOREOGRAPHERS
Carl Olof Berg
Efva Lilja
Jo Strømgren
Mats Ek
Per Jonsson
Örjan Andersson
Toni Rizzi
Amanda Miller
Jens Östberg
Kjersti Alveberg
Rui Horta
Terry O´connor
Lena Josefsson

Photo ELIN OSJORD