Angelin Preljocaj, dance costumes

From October 3rd to March 6th 2016

The National Center for Stage Costume in Moulins has given Angelin Preljocaj free rein to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his dance company with an exhibition event: Angelin Preljocaj, Dance Costumes.

The exhibition: A typology of collaborations

The CNCS wished to celebrate the 30 years of the Preljocaj Ballet with a unique exhibition imagined by Constance Guisset, offering visitors a chance to stroll through the most emblematic ballets created by the choreographer.
The real central theme of his different creations is his numerous artistic collaborations with writers, designers, visual artists, composers and musicians, fashion designers or video-makers and they provide the underlying theme for the exhibition with:

  • the haute couture: Snow White, costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier, The Nights, costumes by Azzedine Alaïa, Parade and the Park, costumes by Hervé Pierre…
  • visual artists: Romeo and  Juliet, scenery and costumes by Enki Bilal, Parade, scenery by Aki Kuroda, The Four Seasons, scenography by Fabrice Hyber, Siddharta, scenography by Claude Lévêque, The Nights, scenography by Constance Guisset…
  • music: Helicopter (Sonntags Abschied) music by Karlheinz Stockhausen, The Nights byNatacha Atlas, And then one thousand years of peace by Laurent Garnier…

A visit enriched with videos displayed on large screens

Each display shows one of Angelin Preljocaj’s ballets, with a recording of the costumes presented on a large screen. The exhibition benefits from major audio-visual support material as in parallel to his choreographic creations, Angelin Preljocaj has produced or has collaborated with several producers on the cinematic recording of his works: Snow White in 2009, Pavillon Noir with Pierre Coulibeuf in 2006, Eldorado / Preljocaj with Olivier Assayas in 2007… He also created the advertising film for Air France the Flight, which reproduced the choreography of the Park (2011).

A profusion of costumes, filmed interviews, extracts from ballets and photographs revealing the creativity of Angelin Preljocaj’s thirty-year-long career complete this unprecedented exhibition.

Commissariat de l’exposition et direction artistique

Angelin Preljocaj

Beyond his 48 creations since 1985, Angelin Preljocaj has left his mark on the history of contemporary dance both nationally and internationally. He is regularly asked to create for the most renowned companies and ballets, such as the Ballet of the National Opera of Paris (The Park in 1994,...

Beyond his 48 creations since 1985, Angelin Preljocaj has left his mark on the history of contemporary dance both nationally and internationally. He is regularly asked to create for the most renowned companies and ballets, such as the Ballet of the National Opera of Paris (The Park in 1994, Casanova in 1996, Siddharta in 2010), the New York City Ballet (La Stravaganza in 1997, Spectral Evidence in 2014), or the Bolchoï Theatre in Moscou (And then, one thousand years of peace in 2010).
Born in 1957 in Sucy-en-Brie, the artist of Albanese origin, trained as a dancer with the greatest names in contemporary dance: in France with Karin Waehner, Viola Farber, Dominique Bagouet, and in New York, with Merce Cunningham or Peter Goss. His company first began in Champigny-sur-Marne, near his birthplace, in 1984, then moved to Aix-en-Provence in 1996 where it became the Ballet Preljocaj, National Choreographic Center. A town where a building, the Pavillon Noir, was specially designed for the artist in 2006 by Rudy Ricotti to be used exclusively for dance with an annual program.
This year, Angelin Preljocaj has been asked to produce his next creation, Return to Berratham, in the Courtyard of Honor at the Avignon Festival.
An exhibition to be experienced as a homage but also as being very close to current events  that are full of promise.

 

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Constance Guisset

Constance Guisset was born in 1976. She lives and works in Paris. After her studies at ESSEC school and Politics Sciences in Paris, and a year in Tokyo’s parliament, she turned to creation. She graduated from the ENSCI – Les Ateliers in 2007 and founded her studio the same year. She quickly...

Constance Guisset was born in 1976. She lives and works in Paris. After her studies at ESSEC school and Politics Sciences in Paris, and a year in Tokyo’s parliament, she turned to creation. She graduated from the ENSCI – Les Ateliers in 2007 and founded her studio the same year. She quickly got rewards as “Le grand Prix du Design” from the city of Paris in 2008 but also “Le Prix du Public à la Design Parade » from La Villa Noailles in 2009.
Her works turn on a reflexion on visual illusion and surprise. Constance Guisset realized several scenographies for Angelin Prejlocaj works, such as a danced solo “Le Funambule” (2009) but also for the ballet “Les Nuits”, 2013.

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Delphine Pinasa

Delphine Pinasa, at the time delegate director of the CNCS, was curator for the exhibition « Garden scenes with flowers ». Today, Delphine Pinasa is director and curator of the CNCS. This art historian specialized in stage costumes was delegate director of the CNCS from 2005, she worked for...

Delphine Pinasa, at the time delegate director of the CNCS, was curator for the exhibition « Garden scenes with flowers ». Today, Delphine Pinasa is director and curator of the CNCS. This art historian specialized in stage costumes was delegate director of the CNCS from 2005, she worked for the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Ministry of Culture and Communication, then the National Opera of Paris from 1993 to 2005, where was notably in charge of the museographical collection of costumes, then head of the Costume Heritage Department of this theatre from 2001. Delphine
Pinasa has been curator for a number of exhibitions in France and abroad and has published several books relating to these exhibitions and the history of stage costumes.

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