21-23 April - 20:00 h (Local Time)

Photo: Matthias Leitzke


Choreography: La Fresque (German premiere)
Based on the Chinese tale The Painting on the Wall
From: Aix-en-Provence, France
Artistic director and choreographer: Angelin Preljocaj
Music: Nicolas Godin
Total duration: 1 hour 20 minutes (no intermission)

Production Ballet Preljocaj
Coproduction Grand Théâtre de Provence, Maison des Arts de Créteil, Théâtre National de Chaillot – Théâtre de la Ville – Paris, Scène Nationale d'Albi, National Taichung Theater (Taiwan)

Performances on 21, 22 and 23 April 2017 at 20:00h in the KraftWerk
Introduction with Bernd Kauffmann and Jürgen Wilcke on 21 April 2017 at 19:15h in the KraftWerk

In his latest choreography La Fresque – the fresco – Preljocaj explores a traditional Chinese fairy tale. It tells of the supernatural power of painting and the possibility of entering through it into a dimension of illusion. The choreography brings the tale into the present day and uses it as a metaphor for transition: Painting, standing in for all the arts, is a symbol of the relationships between reality and its representation both in art and in contemporary virtual worlds. The piece also alludes to Plato's Allegory of the Cave, which questions human existence. Angelin Preljocaj has previously translated fairy tales like Snow White and legends like Siddhartha into dance. For La Fresque he uses a symbolic, almost naïve dance language full of beauty and grace and places his dancers in an elaborate stage setting.

The Ballet Preljocaj is known for its precise, virtuoso dance vocabulary in which many facets of classical ballet and contemporary dance converge. Founded in 1984 in the French département of Val-de-Marne near Paris, the company moved to Aix-en-Provence in 1996 and soon became the powerhouse of a widely acclaimed center of choreography. In addition to numerous performances in France and abroad, the Ballet Preljocaj is dedicated to making contemporary dance accessible to a broad audience through a range of activities including lectures, dance workshops and dance performances in public spaces.

Angelin Preljocaj was born near Paris as the son of Albanian immigrants. He began studying classical ballet before turning to contemporary dance. In New York he worked with choreographers Zena Rommett and Merce Cunningham and studied under Viola Farber and Quentin Rouiller. Back in France, he resumed his training and founded his own ensemble in 1984. He has now created more than 50 choreographies ranging from solo pieces to large-scale ensemble productions. Preljocaj has worked, and continues to work, with many highly renowned artists. He has received a number of awards including the Benois de la Danse and the Bessie Award. Angelin Preljocaj has also made a number of dance films. The film Polina, danser sa vie, based on the graphic novel by French illustrator Bastien Vivès and created in collaboration with screenwriter Valérie Müller, was released in November 2016.