The Nights

2013 Creation

Piece for 18 dancers
Choreography Angelin Preljocaj
Music Natacha Atlas & Samy Bishai, 79D
Costumes Azzedine Alaïa
Scenography Constance Guisset
Lighting Cécile Giovansili-Vissière
Assistant to the artistic direction Youri Aharon Van den Bosch
Rehearsaal assistant Natalia Naidich
Choreologist Dany Lévêque
Scenery construction Atelier du petit chantier, Acte II
Dancers Gaëlle Chappaz, Natacha Grimaud, Émilie Lalande, Céline Marié, Wilma Puentes Linares, Aude Miyagi, Nagisa Shirai, Charlotte Siepiora, Anna Tatarova, Patrizia Telleschi, Cecilia Torres Morillo, Yurie Tsugawa, Sergi Amoros Aparicio, Marius Delcourt, Sergio Diaz, Jean-Charles Jousni, Fran Sanchez, Julien Thibault
Production initially created within Marseille-Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture
Coproduction Marseille-Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture, Théâtre National de Chaillot - Paris, Los Angeles Music Center - United States, Château de Versailles Spectacles, Staatballet Berlin - Allemagne, Bühnen Köln - Germany, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxebourg, Théâtre de Caen, Grand Théâtre de Provence - Aix-en-Provence, Maison des Arts de Créteil, Festival Montpellier Danse 2013, Les Nuits de Fourvière - Lyon, Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Amsterdam Music Theater - Netherlands
Duration 1h30
Premiered on 29 April 2013 at Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence (France)

« Linked to Marseille-Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture and its exploration of the Mediterranean, I hope to embark on research centred on The Thousand and One Nights.

Beyond the mystery of this text which was most certainly written by several people and features extremely varied tales that emerge from one other like Russian dolls, this text have led generations of readers to dream, intrigued and attracted down the ages by their fantastical and erotic dimension.

There are some very sensual aspects in these tales which I would like to use in the dance. In 1988, I created the piece Liqueurs de chair which focused specifically on the notion of eroticism, but which was imbued by the aesthetics of the surrealists. I would like to take another look at it, but in a more flamboyant context while retaining the mystery and fascination that the Orient still produces in the collective unconscious.

What is also fascinating about The Thousand and One Nights is the device established through the figure of Scheherazade. Her language, culture and intelligence make her a bastion against barbarism and challenge us about the place of women in our societies.

It is evident that a great many avenues are opened up by this literary monument and each theme pushes me to develop the dance as a concept and take the actual writing of the movement further.

In the case of The Nights, it will in all likelihood be exploring as closely as possible the mystery of a dreamt-of East where bodies become signs, like a calligraphy of affects and moods. »

Angelin Preljocaj

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