Fairytales and Parisian haute couture captured in the French choreographers ageless repertoire.
Those well-acquainted with the sublime ballets of French dancer and contemporary dance choreographer Angelin Preljocaj will rejoice. Playlist #1 is not one dance, but a long choreographic repertoire of excerpts from ten of his most beautiful solos, duos and ensembles from 1994 till now, in a single show. Those less familiar will find it a wondrous gateway into the works of the much- awarded dancer and artistic director of the Ballet Preljocaj.
Playlist #1 expresses the entire breadth of Preljocajs choreographic vocabulary, his predilection for written texts, his taste for the introspection of human beings and the value of symbols. It is an extra pure concentrate of virtuoso dance that plunges us into a state of grace or ecstatic contemplation. It is haute couture, made-to-measure to fit the skin and the flesh of the dancers who give life to his inspiration.
Among some of the highlights: the otherworldly Spectral Evidence commissioned by New York City Ballet and set to music by experimental composer John Cage; the narrative ballet Snow White that sees dancers outfitted in costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier; and Le Parc, a ballet about love and lust, created for the Opéra de Paris.
Playlist #1 is a repertoire that testifies to a journey through Preljocajs work and through time.
(Photo by Jean-Claude Carbonne)