Preljocaj : Snow White
Angelin Preljocaj created Blanche Neige six year ago. The ballet met with immediate success, and although it had been created for a closed theatre, Angelin Preljocaj accepted to adapt it for an open air presentation in Versailles, on the Bassin de Neptune: two unforgettable performances during the mild nights of summer 2009 which filled the 14 000 spectators with emotion.
To revive the magic of this show which moves both children and grown-ups, Angelin Preljocaj accepted a series of performances at the Opéra Royal de Versailles for the 2012 holiday season and the success was so great that in 2015, Blanche Neige will return to Versailles: a dream of a Christmas present…After abstract forms, the artist wanted to “tell a story” and to indulge in a “magic and enchanted” interlude. This version is close to the brothers Grimm’s and plays on both adult and childhood symbols. “The stepmother is probably the central character in the story”, based on a well-known plot, the choreographer can concentrate on “what bodies, energies, space tell us”; For Blanche-Neige, Angelin Preljocaj gathers twenty six dancers of his company to create a great romantic contemporary ballet. In line with major works of the ballet repertoire such as Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty, he leads us into a dream around Snow White’s legend, in a baroque and magical ballet on Mahler’s sumptuous music.
An entrancing show of absolute beauty, to discover or to see again, intense emotion to share: a masterpiece for all publics, which has become a landmark in ballet.
Extracty from Snow White by Preljocaj Ballet.
Piece for 26 dansers.
Angelin Preljocaj, choreography
Gustav Mahler, composer
Coproduction Biennale de la danse de Lyon/ Conseil Général du Rhône, Théâtre National de Chaillot (Paris), Grand Théâtre de Provence (Aix-en-Provence), Staatsballet Berlin (Allemagne).
Sincere thanks to Jean-Paul Gaultier.
The choreography received an award at the Globes de Cristal 2009.
Ballet Preljocaj, Centre Chorégraphique National, is subsidised by the Ministry of Culture and Communication – DRAC PACA, Région Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, Département des Bouches-du-Rhône, Communauté du Pays d’Aix et Ville d’Aix-en-Provence. It is supported by Groupe Partouche – Casino Municipal d’Aix-Thermal for the development of its projects and the Institut Français – Ministry of Foreign Affairs for some of its tours abroad.