Commissioned by the Fondazione Nazionale della Danza/Aterballetto, in collaboration with the Ballet Preljocaj, choreographer Angelin Preljocaj explores a central theme in our society, and in the sensitivity of each of us: the body that transforms with the ageing of the years.

The choreography is part of an evening that also includes a creation by Rachid Ouramdane. The entire programme profoundly challenges the canons of beauty and virtuosity and approaches the theme from the point of view of dance.

Unlike other important experiences, which have sought to prolong the careers of dancers, in this project the focus is poetic, and crystallises truly universal questions. The central one is suggested to us precisely by Preljocaj: what is the age of a body?



15 February 2023, Chaillot – Théâtre National de la Danse, Paris (F)
16-17-18-21-22-23 February 2023

On tour
01-02-03-04 March 2023, Pavillon Noir, Aix-en-Provence (F)
12 March 2023, Arena del Sole, Bologna (I)
03 November 2023 Teatro Valli, Reggio Emilia (I)
14-15-16-17 March 2024 Teatro Sociale, Trento (I)
21-22-23-24 March 2024 Teatro comunale, Bolzano (I)


Creation 2023 Birthday Party 
Choreography Angelin Preljocaj
Lighting Eric Soyer
Costumes Eleonora Peronetti
Assistantes répétitrices Claudia De Smet et Macha Daudel
With Mario Barzaghi, Sabina Cesaroni, Patricia Dedieu, Roberto Maria Macchi, Elli Medeiros, Thierry Parmentier, Marie-Thérèse Priou, Bruce Taylor

Production Fondazione Nazionale della Danza / Aterballetto (Reggio Emilia)
Coproduction Ballet Preljocaj (Aix-en-Provence), Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse (Paris), Emilia Romagna Teatro ERT/Teatro Nazionale (Modena), Festival Aperto / Fondazione I Teatri (Reggio Emilia), Centro Servizi Culturali Santa Chiara (Trento)

In partnership with Comune di Reggio Emilia et Farmacie Comunali Riunite Nominee for Fedora- Van cleef & Arpels Dance prize 2022