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Ballet Preljocaj: Swan Lake

About the Event

Experience the awe‐inspiring architecture of Seville's magnificent Teatro de la Maestranza as you indulge in a truly mesmerizing ballet performance. This unique rendition of Swan Lake, choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj, bridges the gap between art and environmental consciousness. By integrating fragments of additional music into Tchaikovsky's original score, Preljocaj immerses the audience in a world amidst fossil fuel deposits and future perforation platforms, while showcasing the power of love and its fight for environmental justice.

Angelin Preljocaj’s extensive background in classical ballet and contemporary dance sets the stage for this enthralling production. Having trained in Classical ballet and collaborated with renowned figures such as Merce Cunningham and Zena Rommett, Preljocaj established his own company in 1984. Today, his choreographies have become staple pieces in the repertoires of prestigious ballet companies worldwide. With this contemporary take on Swan Lake, Preljocaj cleverly highlights the urgent need for adaptation in the face of environmental challenges, drawing metaphorical parallels between the endangered lake and classical ballet itself.

Taking on the challenge after reimagining Snow White and Romeo and Juliet, Preljocaj fearlessly brings forth a profound revision of the classical ballet genre, transforming Princess Odette into a boldly courageous ecologist. International critics hail the result as a stunning masterpiece that seamlessly merges the timeless essence of Swan Lake with a modern‐day narrative. The ballet troupe of Ballet Preljocaj, along with its extraordinary dancers, reaffirms their status as one of the most captivating and esteemed companies in the global dance scene.

Be captivated by the world premiere of this remarkable production at the Comédie de Clermont‐Ferrand on October 7, 2020. Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing beauty of Seville's Teatro de la Maestranza and let this extraordinary ballet awaken a deeper understanding and appreciation for the arts, as well as our environment.

Cast / Production

Video design: Boris Labbé
Choreography: Angelin Preljocaj
Music: Piotr Ilitch Chaikovski
Additional Music: 79D
Costume design: Igor Chapurin
Lighting design: Éric Soyer
Productico, Ballet Preljocaj co‐production Chaillot — Théâtre National de la Danse, Biennale de la Danse de Lyon 2021 / Maison de la Danse, La Comédie de Clermont‐Ferrand, Festspielhaus St Pölten (Austria), Les Théâtres — Grand Théâtre de Provence, Théâtres de Compiègne Sede Grand Théâtre de Provence

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