Gravité (creation)

Angelin Preljocaj likes to alternate between narrative ballets and “research” pieces such as this abstract work, in which he ponders the origin of movement, exploring various forms of resistance to air. Each gravitational field is given a specific gestural language, with suitably rhythmic music. The dancers go on a cosmic and “carnal odyssey” that highlights “the attraction between the bodies”.

Piece for 12 to 15 dancers

Choreography Angelin Preljocaj
Dancers Casting in progress
Costumes  Igor Chapurin
Lighting Éric Soyer
Deputy assistant to artistic director  Youri Aharon Van den Bosch
Rehearsal assistant  Cécile Médour
Choreology Dany Lévêque

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The company : Angelin Preljocaj

Angelin Preljocaj was born in the Paris region, in France, and began studying classical ballet before turning to contemporary dance.

In 1980, he went to New York to work with Zena Rommett and Merce Cunningham.

He then joined Dominique Bagouet before founding his own company in December 1984.

Angelin Preljocaj collaborates regularly with other artists in various fields such as Air, Laurent Garnier, Granular Synthesis, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Azzedine Alaïa, Enki Bilal, Fabrice Hyber & Natacha Atlas. His productions are now part of the repertoire of many companies, many of which also commission original production from him, notably La Scala of Milan, the New York City Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet. 

He has made short films and several full-length films. Since then he has collaborated on several films of his own choreographic work. Several books have been written about his work, notably Angelin Preljocaj (2003). Throughout the course of his career, Angelin Preljocaj has received numerous awards, including the "Grand Prix National de la Danse" in 1992, the "Bessie Award" for Annonciation in 1997 and the "Globe de Cristal" for Snow White in 2009.

He is an "Officier des Arts et des Lettres" and a "Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur" and he was appointed an "Officier de l’ordre du Mérite" in May 2006. He has received the Samuel H. Scripps/ American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2014. 

Since October 2006, the Ballet Preljocaj and its 24 permanent dancers have resided at the Pavillon Noir in Aix-en-Provence, a building entirely dedicated to dance, with Angelin Preljocaj as its artistic director.

Questions of weight, space, speed and mass have intuitively framed my choreographic research for years

Angelin Preljocaj


TNP , Villeurbanne


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  • Tarif réduit 32€
  • Plein tarif 35€

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