- 80 minutes without intermission
- Date and Time
- 2018 / 4 / 21 Sat. 14:30 │ 2018 / 4 / 22 Sun. 14:30
- Ticket Price
- ※ 80 minutes without intermission
※ 12 and older suggested
La Fresque (The painting on the wall)
Angelin Preljocaj is one of France’s foremost contemporary dance choreographers, known for intensely physical, formally complex pieces that often invoke narrative without making it explicit. —The New York Times
Angelin Preljocaj allows himself to be carried along, composing a choreography more fluid than usual as if, for once, he agreed to get in tune with the framework that he has chosen, and which he uses to provoke.—Le Figaro
Angelin Preljocaj is the creator of this dark and splendid ballet which interrogates the relationship between reality and its representation.…La Fresque (The painting on the wall) has a dark beauty, it is a masterly mise-en-abyme of the hypnotic power of images.—L’Humanité
With La Fresque (The painting on the wall), we can tell how gifted Angelin Preljocaj is at telling stories, without yielding anything to a fundamental choreographic need. There are breath-taking scenes, like those girls hanging by their hair, those delicately sensual duets, which lead us into a dream of the Arabian Nights and of Chinese shadows.—La Terrasse
Angelin Preljocaj is continuing his exploration of fairy tales by choosing, as he likes to do, a direction so far unexplored in his work, that of the traditional tales of Asia which are, as we know, rich sources of great poetic power.
La Fresque (The painting on the wall) plunges the reader into the fantastical world of Chinese tales and reveals the ‘supernatural’ power of the art of painting. If different readings are possible, the ideas of illusion and transcendence are omnipresent in the work.
Angelin Preljocaj has chosen to immerse himself in the heart of this unusual world. Without literally telling its story, he retains the Chinese tale as the source of a more contemporary adaptation. He harnesses the power of his imagination to transpose the story’s plot into a space at the crossing of cultures. He preserves, of course, the essence of the fairy tale and the symbolism that it evokes.
Creative and Production Team
Angelin Preljocaj, Choreographer
Born in France, Angelin Preljocaj began studying classical ballet before turning to contemporary dance. In 1980, he went to New York to work with Merce Cunningham, after which he resumed his studies in France. He collaborates regularly with other artists in various fields such as music, visual arts, design, fashion, drawing and literature. His productions are now part of the repertoire of many companies, many of which also commission original production from him, notably La Scala of Milan, the New York City Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet.
Among his numerous awards, he is an “Officier des Arts et des Lettres” and a “Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur” and he was appointed an “Officier de l’ordre du Mérite” in May 2006.
Angelin Preljocaj has created more than 50 choreographic works, ranging from solo to larger formations Roméo et Juliette, The Rite of Spring, Les 4 Saisons…, Noces, Le Parc, Empty Moves, Sonntags Abschied and Snow White, are well-known works around the word.
Created in December 1984, the Preljocaj Company became the National Choreographic Centre of Champigny-sur-Marne and Val-de-Marne in1989. In 1996, the ballet was welcomed at the Cité du Livre in Aix-en-Provence and become the Ballet Preljocaj. Since its inception, the Ballet has been composed of 26 permanent dancers, and performs about 110 dates per year on tour, in France and abroad.
Beyond the repertory performances, the Ballet Preljocaj has been multiplying its local actions in Aix-en-Provence and neighboring communities, in order to share its passion for dance with a broader public: lectures on dance interpretation through video, public rehearsals, contemporary-dance classes and workshops, and dance interventions in urban public space, all means of viewing and understanding dance from different perspectives. Since October 2006, the Ballet Preljocaj is installed in the Pavillon Noir in Aix-en-Provence, a building entirely dedicated to dance, with Angelin Preljocaj as its artistic director.
Choreography / Angelin Preljocaj
Music / Nicolas Godin
Costumes / Azzedine Alaïa
Scenography and video / Constance Guisset
Lighting / Éric Soyer
Production / Ballet Preljocaj
Coproduction / Grand Théâtre de Provence, Maison des Arts de Créteil, Théâtre de la Ville - Paris / Théâtre National de Chaillot, Scène Nationale d’Albi, National Taichung Theater