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Les Nuits (The Nights) by French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj

Lavish, sensual and enchanting ballet!
Inspired by One Thousand and One Nights 

2 & 3 Sept at 20:00 the Joburg Theatre / PG13
Tickets R100 / Block bookings (10 or more) R70 / Students R50
as part of Dance Umbrella at the Johannesburg Arts Alive International Festival 

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Photos Jean-Claude Carbonne

World-renowned French ballet company, Ballet Preljocaj, comes to Johannesburg with a cast of eighteen dancers to perform Les Nuits (The Nights) for the first time in South Africa. French choreographer Preljocaj explores One Thousand and One Nights with Les Nuits (The Nights). These tales contain some very sensual aspects, which the choreographer wished to represent through dance. What makes One Thousand and One Nights particularly captivating is the device established through the character of Sheherazade.

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Wednesday 3 September 2014 from 6:00pm
A Thousand and One Nights culinary and dance experience
R325 for a four course meal (cash bar) and a ticket to the show The Nights!

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Come and experience with your palates, an ethnic and native diversity style of dinner, as we explore the Indian taste in South African cuisine. This is creatively made with love and brilliance by one of South Africa’s best chefs, Chef Khumalo, and Indian’s famous Chef Vikhram. Cash bar.

For more information about the festival visit: www.artsalive.co.za

Les Nuits (The Nights) is brought to South Africa by the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and TOTAL South Africa as part of Dance Umbrella at the Johannesburg Arts Alive International Festival.

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About Angelin Preljocaj

13 12 portrait angelin bioAngelin Preljocaj was born in the Paris region, in France, and began studying classical ballet before turning to contemporary dance, which he studied with Karin Waehner.

In 1980, he went to New York to work with Zena Rommett and Merce Cunningham, after which he resumed his studies in France, there his teachers included the American choreographer Viola Farber and the French one Quentin Rouillier. He then joined Dominique Bagouet before founding his own company in December 1984.

Angelin Preljocaj collaborates regularly with other artists including Enki Bilal (Roméo et Juliette, 1990), Goran Vejvoda (Paysage après la bataille, 1997), Air (Near Life Experience, 2003), Granular Synthesis (“N”, 2004), Fabrice Hyber (Les 4 saisons…, 2005), Karlheinz Stockhausen (Eldorado - Sonntags Abschied, 2007), Jean Paul Gaultier (Snow White, 2008), Constance Guisset (Le funambule, 2009), Claude Lévêque (Siddharta, 2010) and Laurent Garnier and Subodh Gupta (And then, one thousand years of peace, 2010).

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 (Le postier, Idées noires in 1991) and several full-length films, notably Un trait d’union and Annonciation (1992 and 2003), for which he was awarded the “Grand Prix du Film d’Art” in 2003, the “Vidéo-Danse” First Prize in 1992 and the Prague Video Festival Prize in 1993. In 2009, he made Snow White, featuring his own piece, and in 2011 he signed, for Air France, the commercial L’Envol, based on the choreography of Le Parc.

Since then he has collaborated on several films of his own choreographic work: Les Raboteurs with Cyril Collard (based on the painting by Gustave Caillebotte) in 1988, Pavillon Noir with Pierre Coulibeuf in 2006 and Eldorado/ Preljocaj with Olivier Assayas in 2007.

Several books have been written about his work, notably Angelin Preljocaj (2003), Pavillon Noir (2006) and Angelin Preljocaj, Topologie de l’invisible (2008).

Throughout the course of his career, Angelin Preljocaj has received numerous awards, including the “Grand Prix National de la Danse” awarded by the French Ministry of Culture in 1992, the “Benois de la danse” for Le Parc in 1995, the “Bessie Award” for Annonciation in 1997, “Les Victoires de la musique” for Roméo et Juliette 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.

Since October 2006, the Ballet Preljocaj and its 26 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.

Choreographer and artistic director of the Ballet Preljocaj - National Choreographic Centre, Angelin Preljocaj has been living and working in Aix-en-Provence since 1996.


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