Few audience members in attendance at Ballet Preljocaj’s 2012 performances of Snow White will forget the company’s astonishing creativity and extraordinary dancing. And Then, One Thousand Years of Peace, which will be seen only at UMS, BAM, and in Minneapolis, was first created by Angelin Preljocaj for the Bolshoi Ballet in 2010 and takes inspiration from the vision of apocalypse conjured by St. John in the biblical Book of Revelation. It is, he says, about the lifting (“apo”) of the veil (“calypsis”) of things in our world that are hidden from view, rather than a depiction of biblical or global catastrophe. Set to a pulsating soundtrack, the piece combines intricate, edgy action with slow, graceful movement in an ever-evolving dance that reveals our innermost hopes, desires, and fears. “A huge, ambitious monolith of a work.” (The Guardian)
Program Book [PDF]
Ballet Preljocaj website
Created in December 1984, Ballet Preljocaj became the National Choreographic Center of the French regions of Champigny-sur-Marne and Val-de-Marne soon after, in 1989.
Since founding the company, now composed of 26 dancers, Angelin Preljocaj has created 45 choreographic works. His creations have been restaged by numerous other repertory companies, including La Scala in Milan, New York City Ballet, the Berlin Staatsoper Ballet, and the Paris Opera. The ballet performs about 100 dates per year on tour in France and abroad.
This performance marks Ballet Prelocaj’s third appearance under UMS auspices. They made their debut in February 2001 and most recently performed Snow White in April 2012.
Related UMS Education & Community Engagement Events
11/2: You Can Dance: Ballet Preljocaj
01/2014 – 03/2014: UMS Night School: Bodies in Motion. Free series of 90-minute “classes” that combine conversation, interactive exercises, and lectures.
Download Learning Guide [PDF]