In Larmes blanches Angelin Preljocaj made the choice of virtuosity. The terse gestures deploy their energy in small volumes, require maximum speed and sudden stops, as well as a faultless memory. The phrases danced in unison forbid the slightest shift in rhythm, amplitude or space. Bodies and gestures are duplicated, but it is the antagonisms that surprise: the asymmetry of costumes, the tug-of-war between rounded figures and oblique gestures, the opposition between the harpsicord and the electroacoustics, between the white lace and the black leather. Yet the dance imbued with baroque bursts forbids all joy, and the flesh confronted with the terseness of the plucked strings cannot languish. However, the few moments when tenderness timidly appears stirs the nostalgia for a place where emotion was possible: the mechanical aspect is there only to mask absence, and the multiplication of bodies performing the same gestures outlines, en abyme, the reflection of a forgotten world.
Source : Preljocaj
Angelin Preljocaj was born in the Paris region, in France, and began studying classical ballet before turning to contemporary dance, which he studied with Karin Waehner.
In 1980, he went to New York to work with Zena Rommett and Merce Cunningham, after which he resumed his studies in France, there his teachers included the American choreographer Viola Farber and the French one Quentin Rouillier. He then joined Dominique Bagouet before founding his own company in December 1984.
His productions are now part of the repertoire of many companies, many of which also commission original production from him, notably La Scala of Milan, the New York City Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet. He has made short films ("Le postier", "Idées noires" in 1991) and several full-length films, notably "Un trait d’union" and "Annonciation" (1992 and 2003). In 2009, he directed "Snow White", featuring his own piece, and in 2011 he signed, for Air France, the commercial "L’Envol", based on the choreography of "Le Parc".
Since then he has collaborated on several films of his own choreographic work: « Les Raboteurs » with Cyril Collard (based on the painting by Gustave Caillebotte) in 1988, « Pavillon Noir » with Pierre Coulibeuf in 2006 and « Eldorado/ Preljocaj » with Olivier Assayas in 2007.
Since October 2006, the Ballet Preljocaj and its 24 permanent dancers have resided at the Pavillon Noir in Aix-en-Provence, a building entirely dedicated to dance, with Angelin Preljocaj as its artistic director. Made with Valérie Müller, the first full-length feature film by Angelin Preljocaj, « Polina », danser sa vie, adapted from the graphic novel by Bastien Vivès, came out in cinemas on November 2016.
Source: Ballet Preljocaj 's website
Centre national de la danse, Réalisation
Since 2001, the National Center for Dance (CND) has been making recordings of its shows and educational programming and has created resources from these filmed performances (interviews, danced conferences, meetings with artists, demonstrations, major lessons, symposia specialized, thematic arrangements, etc.).
Larmes blanches (au CND)
Natacha Grimaud, Ayo Jackson, Yan Giraldou, Bruno Péré
Jean-Sébastien Bach, Claude Balbastre, Henri Purcell
Annick Goncalves - adaptation costumes Angelin Preljocaj, Martine Hayer
Production / Coproduction of the video work
Enregistré au CND le 17 avril 2008