(b Sucy-en-Brie, 9 Jan. 1957)
French dancer, choreographer, and company director. He studied modern dance with Karine Waehner and Cunningham and performed with various companies, including those of Quentin Rouiller, Viola Farber, and Dominique Bagouet (1982–4). In 1984 he founded his own group, Preljocaj Company, renamed Ballet Preljocaj in 1993, which was based first in Chateauvallon and from 1996 in Aix-en-Provence where in 2006 it acquired a purpose-built base. Preljocaj has additionally been guest choreographer with the Lyon Opera Ballet (1990) and with the Paris Opera Ballet (1994) and in 2002 created a version of Rite of Spring in collaboration with the Berlin Staatsoper. His choreography is noted for its strong visceral imagery and often surreal staging, and while it is rooted in the idioms of his modern dance background it has also acquired an overlay of classical detail and reference. Some of Preljocaj's most successful work has been choreographed in homage to ballet classics of the early 20th century, e.g. Les Noces (1989), Parade (Paris Opera, 1993), and Spectre de la rose (Paris Opera, 1993). A list of his other works includes Black Market (1985), To Our Heroes (1986), Romeo and Juliet (1990, Lyon), Bitter America (1990), The World Skin (1992), The Park (Le Parc, Paris Opera Ballet, 1994), Annunciation (Paris Opera Ballet, 1996), Firebird (Munich, 1995), Casanova (Paris Opera, 1998), Personne n'épouse les Méduses (1999), Helikopter (2001), Rite of Spring (2001), Near Life Experience (2003), N (in collaboration with Granular Synthesis, 2004), Les 4 Saisons (in collaboration with Fabrice Hyber 2004), Blanche Neige (mus. Mahler, 2008), and Siddharta (mus. Bruno Mantovani, Paris Opera, 2010). Since 2003 his company has curated a dance festival in Aix. Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur (1998).
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