Angelin Preljocaj was born in the region of Paris, in France, and began studying classical ballet before turning to contemporary dance, which he studied with Karin Waehner, Zena Rommett, Merce Cunningham, and later Viola Farber and Quentin Rouillier. He then joined Dominique Bagouet before founding his own company in December 1984. Angelin Preljocaj has created 55 choreographic works, ranging from solo to larger formations.
He collaborates regularly with other artists in various fields such as music (Goran Vejvoda, Air, Laurent Garnier, Granular Synthesis, Karlheinz Stockhausen), visual arts (Claude Lévêque, Subodh Gupta, Adel Abdessemed), design (Constance Guisset), fashion (Jean Paul Gaultier, Azzedine Alaïa), drawing (Enki Bilal) and literature (Pascal Quignard, Laurent Mauvignier), and animation movies (Boris Labbé) …
His productions are now part of the repertoire of many companies, many of which also commission original production from him (New York City Ballet, Staatsoper Berlin, Paris National Opera Ballet…). He has also directed and collaborated on several films of his own choreographic work. Angelin Preljocaj has received numerous awards, including the “Benois de la danse” in 1995, the “Bessie Award” in 1997, “Les Victoires de la musique” in 1997, the “Globe de Cristal” for Snow White in 2009 and the “Samuel H. Scripps Price” in 2014.
In April 2019 he was appointed to the Academy of Fine Arts in the new « choreography » section.
Portrait © Didier Philispart
Since founding his company, now composed of 24 dancers, Angelin Preljocaj has created over 50 choreographic works, ranging from solo to larger formations. The Ballet performs about 110 dates per year on tour, in France and abroad.
Ballet Preljocaj on tour
Ballet Preljocaj Junior
Ballet Preljocaj Junior
With twenty-four dancers on contracts of indeterminate length, Ballet Preljocaj ensures that choreographic artists will be able to pursue a professional career. Investing heavily in preparing for their retraining, the company is also involved in the professional inclusion of young dancers.
In order to go out and meet all kinds of audiences, Ballet Preljocaj takes dancers to unusual places. Generally consisting of six dancers, G.U.I.D. (Urban Group of Danced Intervention) criss-crosses the region, going to unusual places to perform excerpts from many of Angelin Preljocaj’s choreographies. Dancers move about the urban setting without any stage devices, adapting to the given environment.
Le Ballet Preljocaj s’engage en faveur de l’accompagnement en danse contemporaine auprès de danseurs issus d’autres pays (Afrique, Colombie, Croatie, Albanie…). Des ateliers de danse sont menés auprès des artistes avant qu’ils ne viennent se produire au Pavillon Noir dans le cadre de résidences.