the mystical world of a Chinese novel
After L’Anoure in 1995, Snow White in 2008 and Siddharta in 2010, Angelin Preljocaj is continuing his exploration of fairy tales by choosing, as he likes to do, a direction so far unexplored in his work, that of the traditional tales of Asia which are, rich sources of great poetic power.
Thus, The Painting on the Wall plunges the reader into the fantastical world of Chinese tales and reveals the ‘supernatural’ power of the art of painting. If different readings are possible, the ideas of illusion and transcendence are omnipresent in the work. Angelin Preljocaj has chosen to immerse himself in the heart of this unusual world. Without literally telling its story, he retains the Chinese tale as the source of a more contemporary adaptation.
Angelin Preljocaj harnesses the power of his imagination to transpose the story’s plot into a space at the crossing of cultures. He preserves of course, the essence of the tale and the symbolism that it evokes.
Angelin Preljocaj was born in the region of Paris, in France, and began studying classical ballet before turning to contemporary dance, which he studied with Karin Waehner, Zena Rommett, Merce Cunningham, and later Viola Farber and Quentin Rouillier. He then joined Dominique Bagouet before founding his own company in December 1984. Angelin Preljocaj has created 50 choreographic works, ranging from solo to larger formations. He works regularly with artists from other disciplines including Enki Bilal, Goran Vejvoda, Air, Granular Synthesis, Fabrice Hyber, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Laurent Mauvignier, Natacha Atlas and Azzedine Alaïa. His choreographies are now part of the repertoire of many companies, many of which also commission original works from him (New York City Ballet, Berlin State Opera, Paris National Opera Ballet). He has also directed several films of his own choreographic work. Angelin Preljocaj has received numerous awards, including the “Benois de la danse” in 1995, the Bessie Award in 1997, “Les Victoires de la musique” in 1997, the “Globe de Cristal” for Snow White in 2009 and the “Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award” for lifetime achievement in 2014.