The Painting on the Wall by Angelin Preljocaj, music by Nicolas Godin

Based on a Chinese folktale — With the Ballet Preljocaj

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Angelin Preljocaj — Choreographer

Azzedine Alaïa — Costume designer

Constance Guisset — Set designer, video

Eric Soyer — Lighting

Ballet Preljocaj

Yurié Tsugawa — Dancer

Jean-Charles Jousni — Dancer

Margaux Coucharrière — Dancer

Sergi Amoros Aparicio — Dancer

Clara Freschel — Dancer

Marius Delcourt — Dancer

Nuriya Nagimova — Dancer

Antoine Dubois — Dancer

Fran Sanchez — Dancer

Anna Tatarova — Dancer

Mirea Delogu — Dancer

Program notes

Experience the magic of Angelin Preljocaj's La Fresque (The Painting on the Wall)! Inspired by a 13th-century Chinese folktale of the same name, this striking ballet recounts the story of a young man so enthralled by the painted image of a woman that he ends up transported into the world of the painting to pursue his love. Using this romance as a lens, Preljocaj questions the concept of the image: "I would like this show to explore the mysterious relationships between representation and reality," he says. "Dance creates links between static image and motion, immediacy and duration, animate and inert."

The sumptuous set design by Constance Guisset, coupled with the ambient and ethereal music by Nicolas Godin (of the band Air), enhances the fluid movements of the dancers of the Ballet Preljocaj, all parts combining to form a hypnotic whole that immerses even the spectators in that imagined realm of the painting, evoking "a dream state that grows increasingly hypnotic as the beat pulses on" (The Guardian).

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