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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu Sep 28, 2000 4:11 am ]
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Judith Mackrell journeys to Aix-en-Provence (it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it) to interview Angelin Preljocaj about the visit of his company to London with ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and its links with the mood of the novel ‘1984’.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Romeo and Juliet was actually commissioned back in 1989 by Lyons Opera Ballet, when Preljocaj was barely known outside the small world of experimental modern dance. He almost declined the project, since a work involving 30 ballet dancers and one of the world's most grandiloquent scores seemed too much of a giant to tilt at. But when he considered the essence of Shakespeare's story - lovers punished under a dictatorial regime - an Orwellian dystopia seemed to make irresistible sense of it. As he says, "I thought of a world, like some eastern Europe state, where everyone was under surveillance, under control. I liked the contrast between this very deep and sweet love and this very hard, cold, political situation. I thought it would make the love story even more fragile." <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR><A HREF="Http://,4273,4069071,00.html" TARGET=_blank><B> now read on</B></A><p>[This message has been edited by Azlan (edited January 04, 2001).]

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu Sep 28, 2000 11:22 pm ]
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Allen Robertson interviews Preljocaj:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally created for the forward-looking Lyon Ballet in 1990, his Romeo and Juliet is undoubtedly Preljocaj's biggest commercial success to date. A modern revision culled from the classical ballet lexicon, it inhabits the same terrain as Matthew Bourne's works or those of Swedish choreographer Mats Ek. <P>All of them are seeking contemporary resonances within the great scores and stories from the past. "I am not the kind of choreographer who thinks that what came before is of no interest," says Preljocaj. "We have some lessons to take from the past. A lot of people say forget it, look forward; but I think the past must be there for the next generation, even if it is only something to be destroyed. Without the past, the present is like the desert."<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <P><BR><A HREF="Http://" TARGET=_blank><B>Now read on</B></A>

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Sep 30, 2000 1:18 am ]
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Ismene Brown interviews the choreographer and previews the Preljocaj 'R&J'. She also looks back on various incarnations of balletic version of the tragedy. <P><BR><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank> <B>Ismene Brown's preview</B></A><BR><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited September 30, 2000).]

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Tue Oct 03, 2000 11:03 am ]
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Nadine Meisner of the Independent is the latest to interview Angelin Preljocaj about his "Romeo and Juliet": <BR> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A> <P>Despite the wide coverage in the dance columns tickets are not selling fast. There are some special offers going. e-mail me if you want more info.

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu Oct 05, 2000 10:45 pm ]
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Reviews for the Preljocaj 'R&J' and fundamentally this startling and original take on a familiar story gets the thumbs up from the London critics: <P><BR><A HREF="Http://" TARGET=_blank><B>Ismene Brown's review</B></A><P><BR><A HREF="Http://" TARGET=_blank><B>Debra Craine's review</B></A><P><BR><A HREF="Http://" TARGET=_blank><B>John Percival's review</B></A>

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Oct 07, 2000 12:30 am ]
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Judith Mackrell enjoys Preljocaj, whereas Clement Crisp does not:<P> <A HREF=",4273,4072207,00.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Judith Mackrell's review</B></A> <P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>Clement Crisp's review</B></A> <P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited October 07, 2000).]

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Oct 07, 2000 2:17 am ]
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Here is the Ballet Preljocaj website. There are video extracts of several of his works and as always you have to be doing other things while they take time to load and you need Zip to read them. But it's worth it, as the 1 minute extracts are good quality and a decent size if you go for the bottom option with the largest screen size. The second pdd from 'R&J' is one of those featured.<BR> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A> <p>[This message has been edited by Azlan (edited January 04, 2001).]

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun Oct 08, 2000 1:00 am ]
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<A HREF=",6903,378958,00.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Jann Parry on 'Romeo and Juliet'</B></A>, which she finds a radical and powerful reworking.<BR>

Author:  Azlan [ Thu Jan 04, 2001 9:43 pm ]
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Image <BR>Angelin Preljocaj<P><BR>Mary Ellen Hunt of <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank>Voice of Dance</A> emailed me this link today:<P><B><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank>Online Videos of Ballet Preljocaj</A></B><P><BR>Also Angelin Preljocaj is an upcoming guest on the Voice of Dance chat series. Follow this <A HREF=../../../ubb/Forum11/HTML/000269.html>link<A> for more.<p>[This message has been edited by Azlan (edited January 04, 2001).]

Author:  Azlan [ Sat Feb 03, 2001 7:52 am ]
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Preview of Preljocaj's presence in the SF Bay Area:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Challenging Preljocaj</B><P>Octavio Roca, SF Chronicle<P>Angelin Preljocaj will be a strong presence in Bay Area dance this season, what with the Paris Opera Ballet bringing his monumental "Le Parc" to the War Memorial Opera House in the spring and, this week, with the return of his own Ballets Preljocaj to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for the local premiere of his "Paysage apres la bataille" ("Landscape After the Battle").<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><B><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank>More</A></B>

Author:  Basheva [ Mon Feb 05, 2001 6:51 am ]
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From the Los Angeles Times by Lewis Segal:<P><B>WHERE LOVE ENDS IN VIOLENCE AND POLAR BEARS</B><P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Quite apart from its other achievements, Angelin Preljocaj's "Paysage Apres la Bataille" (Landscape After the Battle) is arguably the most remarkable rock ballet ever choreographed: a spectacular ensemble showpiece that depicts dysfunctional relationships with the pitiless dexterity of Twyla Tharp's "Short Stories" or William Forsythe's "Love Songs," and then evolves over its unbroken 70 minutes into a sardonic neo-Expressionist action painting of Western culture at the end of the so-called American century.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <P><BR><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank>MORE</A><P>

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Mon Feb 05, 2001 8:39 am ]
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It sounds remarkable, if rather daunting. Preljocaj is an intermittant visitor to the UK, following disasterous audience figures for a terrific programme here 6 years or so ago. However, his great success with 'R&J' last year in London should ensure a return before long. Goodie!

Author:  Azlan [ Mon Feb 05, 2001 7:46 pm ]
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There will be screenings of Preljocaj videos this and next Tuesday evening (2/6 and 2/13), 7pm, at the Yerba Buena Center Screening Room in SF. I believe Preljocaj himself or a representative of the company will present as well.<BR>

Author:  Azlan [ Wed Feb 07, 2001 11:20 am ]
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A preview for the SF performances:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Beauty and the Beast</B><BR>Angelin Preljocaj's ballet company dips its toe in art, literature, and history -- with stunning results <P>Ann Murphy, SF Weekly<P>Ballet and intellectuality often seem to fit together about as well as George W. Bush and a good book. On the one hand, you've got ballet's anachronistic courtly pretension, with women in hooped gowns bowing beautifully, and men like so many Napoleons wearing smug facades of noblesse oblige. On the other hand, you've got ballet's air of upper-class disdain for inquiry, especially inquiry into the legitimacy of one way of life over another. That's when classical dance can begin to look like the Russian aristocracy in the Battle of Austerlitz -- well dressed, superior, and graceful, but ultimately foolish.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>More</B></A>

Author:  Azlan [ Thu Feb 08, 2001 5:51 am ]
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Don't forget the live online chat with Angelin Preljocaj today. Go to this thread for the <a href=../../../ubb/Forum11/HTML/000269.html>Voice of Dance chat list<a>.<P>

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