The Nights at Deutsche Oper

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“One Thousand and One Nights”, the collection of stories from the Orient, forms the focus of this ballet, newly choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj for the Staatsballett Berlin and staged as a coproduction with his own company, the Ballet Preljocaj. With this work, which fills an entire evening, he investigates those motifs hidden within the Arabian, originally Persian, and Indian traditions of folk fairytales and stories, and tells his narrative from the perspective of the female protagonists: “I venture forth like a painter expressing his vision of a fantastical Orient. My vision is given shape as a type of calligraphy consisting of affects and atmospheres,” says Preljocaj when talking of his creation.

The evening is largely based on the music of Natacha Atlas; her work is a cross-over between the oriental and the western world, and has brought her international acclaim. The costumes have been created by the celebrated fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa. Born in Tunisia, he now runs his studio in Paris, creating works which set international trends. Constance Guisset, the exceedingly successful French designer, is a long-time colleague of Angelin Preljocaj. She is responsible for the stage design featured in THE NIGHTS.

Regarded as one of the leading choreographers of the French avant-garde, Angelin Preljocaj has previously presented a number of his works in Berlin, including his 2009 production of SNOW WHITE, which was greeted with great enthusiasm by audiences.

Premiere:
DEUTSCHE OPER BERLIN
Saturday, 01.02.2014
19.00 h
Tickets: 29 – 90 €

Further Events:
01 | 07 | 21 | 25 February 2014
01 | 06 | 12 March 2014
03 April 2014

Dancers: Iana Balova, Maria Boumpouli, Anissa Bruley, Weronika Frodyma, Cécile Kaltenbach, Marina Kanno, Mari Kawanishi, Ilenia Montagnoli, Danielle Muir, Jordan Muir, Krasina Pavlova, Haney Schwan, Arshak Ghalumyan, Leonard Jakovina, Vladislav Marinov, Alexander Shpak, Federico Spallitta, Wei Wang.

Choreographie und Inszenierung: Angelin Preljocaj
Bühne: Constance Guisset
Kostüme: Azzedine Alaïa
Einstudierung: De Smet Claudia
Es tanzen: Solisten und Corps de ballet des Staatsballetts Berlin
Musik: vom Tonträger

1:30 h | no interval
Staatsballett Berlin | Ballet Preljocaj (Aix-en-Provence)

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Rudolf Nureyev gala at the Paris Opera

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Twenty years after his death, Rudolf Nureyev’s legacy still lights up the world of ballet as brilliantly as the flamboyant performances which once illuminated the greatest stages.

“As long as they are putting on my ballets, I will live on,” Brigitte Lefevre, dance director of the Paris Opera, recalls Nureyev saying in the years before the ravages of AIDS finally claimed him, aged 54, on January 6, 1993.

A fitting epitaph for a performer who went from being the outstanding male dancer of his generation to a choreographer whose influence resonates throughout modern ballet.

The Paris Opera hosts a gala night on Sunday, with his “Sleeping Beauty” running as part of its 2013/2014 season and his “Nutcracker” in 2014/2015.

London’s Royal Ballet this month stages Nureyev’s “Raymonda”, followed next month by “Marguerite and Armand”, while the Vienna Opera ballet plans a Nureyev gala on June 29 and San Francisco’s De Young Museum is showcasing his stage costumes until February.

And come September, the Kremlin ballet will perform his “Cinderella” — a milestone for Russia, where authorities stung by his defection blacked out all information about him even as his international career soared.

A posthumous homecoming for Nureyev, who had returned to his native land after 26 years in exile, only to find his ailing mother did not recognize him, and the Russian public knew nothing of his stellar rise.

Read the full article here.

Photo: Nureyev in his Paris apartment.