Contemporary ballet in two acts
Ballet Preljocaj, France
Choreography: Angelin Preljocaj
Music: Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski
Additional music: 79D
Video design: Boris Labbé
Costumes design: Igor Chapurin
Light design: Éric Soyer
Assistant, Deputy to the Artistic Direction: Youri Aharon Van den Bosch
Rehearsal assistant: Cécile Médour
Choreologist: Dany Lévêque
Your traditional Swan Lake this is most certainly not. Choreographed by the deeply creative Angelin Preljocaj, a French Officier des Arts et des Lettres and Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, this is a powerful, thought-provoking ballet for our current era, introducing environmental conservation, corporate greed and issues of inheritance and family legacy as motivations.
Combining Tchaikovsky’s musical masterpiece with more contemporary arrangements as he likes to do, Preljocaj, who has received the Samuel H. Scripps/ American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement, takes possession of the myth of the swan-dancer, paying tribute to Marius Petipa while at the same time sailing in wholly original directions. The video design by award-winning graphic artist Boris Labbe adds depth and dimension to the exquisite technique of the 26 dancers on stage.