Contemporary Ballet "Snow White" by Angelin Preljocaj
When: May 28th and 29th, 2010
Where: Guangzhou Opera House
Choreographer Angelin Preljocaj and designer Jean-Paul Gaultier revisit the Grimm brothers' myth with this enchanting adaptation.
The latest creation from Ballet Preljocaj, Snow White is a contemporary romantic ballet based on the Grimm brothers' tale. For this project, Angelin Preljocaj has 26 of the troupe's dancers performing to some of Gustav Mahler's most beautiful symphonies. The costumes have been designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier and the set by Thierry Leproust.
Choreographer Angelin Preljocaj first studied classic dance before turning to contemporary dance under Karin Waehner. In 1980, he moved to New York to work with Zena Rommett and Merce Cunningham, later returning to France to continue his training with the American choreographer Viola Farber and Quentin Rouillier.
Since 1984, he has choreographed more than 42 works. His creations are taken from the repertories of the top companies, from which he has also received various commissions (Paris National Opera Ballet, Milan Scala and the New York City Ballet).
He has made several short films and also collaborated on a number of film projects showcasing his own choreographies (Les Raboteurs with Cyril Collard in 1988, Pavillon Noir with Pierre Coulibeuf in 2006, and in 2007 he collaborated with Olivier Assayas on Eldorado). Angelin Preljocaj has received many awards including the "Globe de Cristal" for Snow White in 2009. He is Officier des Arts et des Lettres, a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour and was made an Officer of the National Order of Merit in May 2006.
Jean-Paul Gaultier joined the team at Pierre Cardin at the age of 18, then worked with Jacques Esterel, Jean Patou, Michel Gomez and Angelo Tarlazzi before returning to work for his first employer in Manila where he designed a collection destined for the US market. In 1978, the Gaultier brand took the fashion world by storm when he presented his first personal collection with the help of his Japanese partner, Kashiyama. An insatiable workaholic, his ventures form an eclectic mix from electronic jewellery to mobile furniture, from house music to perfumes; he smashed dress codes, blurred the lines between beauty and ugliness, while living up to his role of an agitateur. This cult figure, with his "platinum blond hair, sailor suits and kilts" shook up prêt-à-porter with his collections by toying with urban, ethnic and religious influences. The launches of Junior Gaultier (1988), Gaultier Jeans (1992), JPG (1994) and the fashion house Gaultier Paris were all highly successful, allowing Gaultier to turn his brand into a symbol of dynamism, brilliance and avant-gardism.
Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911) was an Austrian musician. Despite being best known for his work as a leading conductor during his life, nowadays he is recognised as an important composer whose works bridge the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the Modern period. He wrote six symphonies (although the full score of the last one remained unfinished) and various Lieder.
Source: 2010 Croisements Festival