Ballet Preljocaj
Swan lake

Margaret Island Theater
Jul 20 2024. 9:00 PM

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Ballet Preljocaj

Swan lake

Choreography Angelin Preljocaj

Music Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski

Additional music 79D

20 July 2024 at 9 p.m. (rain date: 21 July)

Duration 1h50

Margaret Island Open-Air Stage

After Snow White and Romeo and Juliet, Angelin Preljocaj is returning to story ballet and his taste for stories.

Combining Tchaikovsky’s musical masterpiece with more contemporary arrangements as he likes to do, he takes possession of the myth of the swan-dancer. A work begun in 2018 with Ghost, in which he paid tribute to Marius Petipa, projecting himself into the choreographer’s imagination at the same moment as the idea of his Swan Lake occurred to him.

“Angelin Preljocaj gives a brilliant reinterpretation of Swan Lake’s greatest moments. His elegant and colorful writing is complemented by Éric Soyer’s dreamy lighting and Boris Labbé’s palingenesis scenography. (…) Tchaikovsky’s voluptuous score meets 79D’s contemporary electro, accompanying a creation where the choreographer finds a natural expression of movement. Dancers perform en pointe barefooted, laying their arms on their shoulders as swans folding their wings or flocking together when frightened, to form colonies of dead waterlilies on the stage.”

Art Press, November 9th 2020Video design Boris Labbé

Lighting Éric Soyer

Costumes design Igor Chapurin

Assistant to the artistic direction Youri Aharon Van den Bosch

Rehearsal assistant Cécile Médour

Choréologist Dany Lévêque

Dancers Lucile Boulay, Celian Bruni, Elliot Bussinet, Zoé Charpentier, Baptiste Coissieu, Leonardo Cremaschi, Mirea Delogu, Lucia Deville, Antoine Dubois, Clara Freschel, Isabel García López, Jack Gibbs, Mar Gómez Ballester, Naïse Hagneré, Verity Jacobsen, Jordan Kindell, Beatrice La Fata, Laurent Le Gall, Théa Martin, Florine Pegat Toquet, Agathe Peluso, Mireia Reyes Valenciano, Simon Ripert, Khevyn Sigismondi, Manuela Spera, Micol Taiana

Coproduction Chaillot - Théâtre national de la Danse, Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2021 / Maison de la Danse, La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand, Festspielhaus St Pölten (Austria), Les Théâtres - Grand Théâtre de Provence, Théâtres de Compiègne

Angelin Preljocaj was born in the region of Paris, in France, and began studying classical ballet before turning to contemporary dance, which he studied with Karin Waehner, Zena Rommett, Merce Cunningham, and later Viola Farber and Quentin Rouillier. He then joined Dominique Bagouet before founding his own company in December 1984. Angelin Preljocaj has created 58 choreographic works, ranging from solo to larger formations.

He collaborates regularly with other artists in various fields such as music (Goran Vejvoda, Air, Laurent Garnier, Granular Synthesis, Karlheinz Stockhausen), visual arts (Claude Lévêque, Subodh Gupta, Adel Abdessemed), design (Constance Guisset), fashion (Jean Paul Gaultier, Azzedine Alaïa), drawing (Enki Bilal) and literature (Pascal Quignard, Laurent Mauvignier), and animation movies (Boris Labbé) …

His productions are now part of the repertoire of many companies, many of which also commission original production from him (New York City Ballet, Staatsoper Berlin, Paris National Opera Ballet…). He has also directed and collaborated on several films of his own choreographic work. Angelin Preljocaj has received numerous awards, including the “Benois de la danse” in 1995, the “Bessie Award” in 1997, “Les Victoires de la musique” in 1997, the “Globe de Cristal” for Snow White in 2009 and the “Samuel H. Scripps Price” in 2014.

In April 2019 he was appointed to the Academy of Fine Arts in the new « choreography » section.

After Swan Lake in 2020 and Deleuze / Hendrix in 2021, he will choreograph and direct Lully’s opera Atys for the Grand Théâtre de Genève in 2022. At the same time, he created a short choreography for the Danse Europe! application. For Dior, he created the choreography and the film Roman Night with the dancers of the Rome Opera Ballet. He also participated in the television series Irma Vep by Olivier Assayas, as an actor and choreographer.

In July 2022, he created Mythologies with original music by ex-Daft Punk Thomas Bangalter at the Opéra National de Bordeaux. In February 2023 he created Birthday Party for senior performers at the Théâtre National de Chaillot on a commission from Aterballetto.

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