Angelin Preljocaj: Topology of the Invisible
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Angelin Preljocaj, Françoise Cruz, Aki Kuroda (designer)
130 color illustrations and photos throughout plus 50-minute DVD, 2008.
Angelin Preljocaj, if not the most prominent choreographer on the international modern dance scene, is certainly in the top 10. Of Albanian origin, he studied in France where he is now based. His company, Ballet Preljocaj, was started in 1984. Recent projects include Blanche Neige (Snow White), Eldorado, Les Quatre Saisons (The Four Seasons), and Empty Moves.
In 2009 the company will be touring the United States with performances in California in April and May. Topology of the Invisible reveals the genesis of three of Preljocaj’s most important choreographic works: Annunciation, based on the biblical tale; Les Raboteurs, based on Gustav Caillebotte’s masterpiece Les raboteurs de parquet; and Un Trait d’union, based on the story “La chambre” by Jean-Paul Sartre.
Presented in a luxury boxed-set created by the Japanese designer Aki Kuroda, the book includes rare images and abundant archival material from the choreographer’s personal collection. Photographs, handwritten notes, orchestral scores, preparatory sketches, and memorabilia guide the reader through the drama of dance creation. Preljocaj’s choreographic process, his methods, and pictorial, literary, and musical influences are illustrated in bold colors and unevenly sized pages. Topology will appeal not just to those concerned with dance and choreography, but also to artists and designers and to all interested in the creative process.
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