And then, one thousand years of peace

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Festival of France

This creation for 21 dancers, choreographed for the first time in 2010 by Angelin Preljocaj, the French prodigy of ballet, will be performed in Mumbai on the 20th and 21st of January, at the NCPA.

The Indian public will enjoy the familiar sight of scenographic details by renowned artist Subodh Gupta as the techno music legend Laurent Garnier mixes pulsating rhythms intertwined with samples from Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata. According to the Edinburgh festival where the Ballet was performed last August, And then, one thousand years of peace combines intricate and edgy action with slow, graceful movement in an ever-evolving dance that reveals our innermost hopes, desires and fears”.

A fertile source of interpretation, the very word Apocalypse (from the Greek apo: “to lift” and calypsis: “veil”) evokes the idea of revealing, unveiling, or highlighting elements that could be present in our world but are hidden from our eyes. It should thus evoke what is nestled in the innermost recesses of our existence, rather than prophesizing about compulsive waves of catastrophe, irreparable destruction, or the imminent end of the world. When dance, the art of the indescribable par excellence, assumes the role of the developer (in the photographic sense), is it not most able to realize this delicate function of exposing our fears, anxieties, and hopes? ” explains the chroreographer Angelin Preljocaj in the introductory text presenting his work.

Ballet Prejlocaj - Photo JC Carbonne

An unpredictable writer, his tour de force was to blend contemporary dance and traditional ballet. Born 1957 in the Paris region of France, Angelin Preljocaj began studying classical ballet before turning to contemporary dance, which he studied with Karin Waehner. In 1980, he went to New York to work with Zena Rommett and Merce Cunningham, after which he resumed his studies in France, where his teachers included the American choreographer Viola Farber and the French Quentin Rouillier.

He founded his own company in December 1984. He has since then created 46 choreographies, ranging from solo to larger formations. Angelin Preljocaj works regularly with other artists from various fields including Enki Bilal (Roméo et Juliette, 1990), Goran Vejvoda (Paysage après la bataille, 1997), Air (Near Life Experience, 2003), Granular Synthesis (“N”, 2004), Fabrice Hyber (Les 4 saisons…, 2005), Karlheinz Stockhausen (Eldorado – Sonntags Abschied, 2007), Jean Paul Gaultier (Snow White, 2008), Constance Guisset (Le funambule, 2009), Claude Lévêque (Siddharta, 2010), Laurent Garnier and Subodh Gupta (And then, one thousand years of peace, 2010).

Ballet Prejlocaj - Photo JC Carbonne

Several books have been written about his work, notably Angelin Preljocaj in 2003, Pavillon Noir in 2006 and Angelin Preljocaj, Topologie de l’invisible in 2008. Since October 2006, the Ballet Preljocaj and its 26 permanent dancers are installed in the Pavillon Noir in Aix-en-Provence, a building entirely dedicated to dance, with Angelin Preljocaj as its artistic director.

Mumbai: January 20 – January 2013
Venue: NCPA
Delhi: January 26 – January 27 2013 
Venue: Kamani

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