"Preljocaj proves that contemporary ballet and fairytales can come together."
Angelin Preljocaj, Artistic Director
France’s leading contemporary ballet company, Ballet Preljocaj, (pronounced prezh-oh-kahzh) performs a romantic and contemporary retelling of Snow White (Blanche Neige), based on the Grimm brothers’ original fairytale, with Preljocaj’s personal variations based on an analysis of symbolism. This lush, full-length story ballet by French choreographer, Angelin Preljocaj, features massive sets, 26 dancers, and an all-star roster of French artists and designers including the magnificent excesses of Gustav Mahler symphonies, magical sets by Thierry Leproust, and costumes by legendary Jean Paul Gaultier. The characters’ bodies are transcended by Preljocaj’s signature choreography to demonstrate space, energy, and ultimately feelings, using inventive gestures, clever substitution, and even pirouetting, wall climbing dwarves of acrobatic distinction.
*Don't miss Hennepin County Library's Snow White Old and New Exhibit at the Minneapolis Central Library! The exhibit features displays of the library's collection of Snow White and Brothers Grimm materials, including a theatrical retelling of the story and fairytale book-making event for kids.
This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
Ballet Preljocaj is presented with support from the Alliance Française of Minneapolis and St. Paul, by the Institut Français (Paris) and the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.
Artists and programs subject to change.