Angelin Preljocaj, a leading choreographer on the French stage, revisits the most famous of Russian ballets. After Snow White and Romeo and Juliet, he propels Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece into a more contemporary dimension. From the original ballet by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, Preljocaj keeps ‘the love story, the bewitching tale of a woman’s transformation into a swan’. The rest is fundamentally new: the tale is transposed into the world of industry and finance, which is opposed to the mystery of the threatened lake. The current themes of environmental urgency and a predatory economy blend perfectly with the original work without ever betraying its essence. With 26 dancers on stage, the piece is a formidable palimpsest carried by an exceptional formal exactness and by the precision of the bodies, typical of Angelin Preljocaj’s creations.
Wed 14 Dec
Thu 15 Dec
Fri 16 Dec
Sat 17 Dec
Piece for 26 dancers
Angelin Preljocaj / Ballet Preljocaj Pavillon noir CCN of Aix-en-Provence
Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky and 79D