Ballet by Angelin Preljocaj | Music by Natacha Atlas, Samy Bishai, and 79D
Ballet by Angelin Preljocaj |
Music by Natacha Atlas, Samy Bishai, and 79D
Premiere on 1st February 2014 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin
"One Thousand and One Nights", the collection of stories from the Orient, forms the focus of this ballet, newly choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj for the Staatsballett Berlin and staged as a coproduction with his own company, the Ballet Preljocaj. With this work, which fills an entire evening, he investigates those motifs hidden within the Arabian, originally Persian, and Indian traditions of folk fairytales and stories, and tells his narrative from the perspective of the female protagonists: "I venture forth like a painter expressing his vision of a fantastical Orient. My vision is given shape as a type of calligraphy consisting of affects and atmospheres," says Preljocaj when talking of his creation.
The evening is largely based on the music of Natacha Atlas; her work is a cross-over between the oriental and the western world, and has brought her international acclaim. The costumes have been created by the celebrated fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa. Born in Tunisia, he now runs his studio in Paris, creating works which set international trends. Constance Guisset, the exceedingly successful French designer, is a long-time colleague of Angelin Preljocaj. She is responsible for the stage design featured in THE NIGHTS.
Regarded as one of the leading choreographers of the French avant-garde, Angelin Preljocaj has previously presented a number of his works in Berlin, including his 2009 production of SNOW WHITE, which was greeted with great enthusiasm by audiences.
Staatsballett Berlin | Ballet Preljocaj (Aix-en-Provence)
45 minutes before each performance (except premieres), there is an introduction in the opera house. It is prepared and moderated by students of the institute of dance studies (Institut für Tanzwissenschaft) of Freie Universität Berlin.