Preljocaj - La Fresque (Blu-ray) | Naxos - Blu-ray NBD0094V

Preljocaj - La Fresque (Blu-ray)


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Label: Naxos - Blu-ray

Cat No: NBD0094V

Barcode: 0730099009461

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Ballet

Release Date: 10th May 2019



Ballet Preljocaj


Godin, Nicolas

La Fresque (Angelin Preljocaj)


Ballet Preljocaj


The famous traditional Chinese tale of La Fresque (’The Painting on the Wall’) tells of two travellers who take shelter at a small temple, one of whom becomes so enraptured by the image of a beautiful girl in a fresco that he is transported into another dimension. Angelin Preljocaj, one of France’s leading contemporary choreographers, explores this mysterious relationship between representation and reality with a spectacular and unforgettable ballet filled with dynamic action, emotive lyricism and powerful responses to the music of Nicolas Godin, one half of the celebrated music duo Air. La Fresque has been admired for its ‘breath-taking scenes’ (La Terrasse) and its ‘dark and splendid beauty’ (L’Humanité).

La Fresque (The Painting on the Wall) follows Angelin Preljocaj’s highly successful productions Snow White (2008) and Siddhartha (2010) in further exploring the themes thrown up by folk/fairy tales, while also reviving his superb collaboration with musician Nicolas Godin, with whom he worked on the spectacular Near Life Experience (2003). This is Naxos’s first release of Angelin Preljocaj’s work, but we are confident that collectors and fans will be as blown away by the fast pace and remarkable content of La Fresque as we have been.

La Fresque was received with wide critical acclaim: ‘Preljocaj’s choreography is pleasing and tasteful, although more lyrical than is often the case. Typical of Preljocaj’s work, there are multiple stylistic references including court dance, Chinese dance, ballet, Cunningham and his own contemporary touches. Masks hint at German expressionism. The dance is pretty much non-stop, so much so that it comes as a surprise to realise the cast only numbers ten… La Fresque may be an old story, but Nicolas Godin’s music is about as contemporary as it comes, a mix of electronica and urban noise. On the whole, it matches the dance well. Tunisian fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa’s costumes sit nicely between the two worlds… La Fresque is a rather poetic journey that’s full of interest, French style and polish, and a more than engaging 90 minutes.’ (

Angelin Preljocaj has received numerous awards throughout a distinguished career, including the ‘Grand Prix National de la Danse’ awarded by the French Ministry of Culture in 1992, the ‘Benois de la Danse’ for Le Parc in 1995, the ‘Bessie Award’ for Annonciation in 1997, ‘Les Victoires de la Musique’ for Roméo et Juliette in 1997, the ‘Globe de Cristal’ for Snow White in 2009. He is an ‘Officier des Arts et des Lettres’ and a ‘Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur’ and he was appointed an ‘Officier de l’Ordre du Mérite’ in May 2006. He has received the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2014.

Picture format: 1080i
Sound format: PCM stereo (24/48)
Language: English/French
Subtitles: English (bonus)
Region code: A, B, C

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