Fresco (The Painting On The Wall)

From a traditional Chinese tale
Main programme
12 June 2018Tuesday
Opera and Ballet Theatre
Ballet Preljocaj / National Choreographic Centre of Aix-en-Provence, France
Choreographer – Angelin Preljocaj

Duration – 1 hour 20 minutes without intermission
Public: 12+

World Premiere September, 20th, 2016

For the first time in Russia!

Choreography – Angelin Preljocaj Music - Nicolas Godin Costumes - Azzedine Alaïa Set design and videos - Constance Guisset Studio Lighting - Éric Soyer

French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj plunges the audience into the world of Chinese tale and reveals the “supernatural” power of the art of painting. Without literally telling the story, he creates its contemporary adaptation preserving meanwhile the essence and the symbolism of the ancient fairytale. 

After L’Anoure in 1995, Snow White in 2008 and Siddharta in 2010, Angelin Preljocaj is continuing his exploration of fairy tales by choosing a direction so far unexplored in his work, that of the traditional poetic tales of Asia. The choreographer unique style combines classical ballet technique with an expressionistic plasticity of contemporary dance, adding the elements of the archaic and far-Eastern body culture.

Angelin Preljocaj about performance: “La Fresque (The painting on the wall), inspired by the famous eponymous Chinese story, tells us about this journey into another dimension where the picture becomes a place of transcendence and physical being enters into a relationship with the picture. The ballet seeks to explore the mysterious relations between representation and reality, sites at which the dance creates the bonds that link the fixed image and movement, instantaneity and duration, the life and the inert. This metaphor running through the Chinese tale raises the question of representation in our civilization. It speaks to us of the place of art in today’s society”. 

“La Fresque has a dark beauty, it is a masterly mise-en-abyme of the hypnotic power of images”.


“The dancers are supported by a magnificent staging: mysterious swirls of light lick the stage, now evoking

a dragon, now a sea, a starry sky, the trace of a brush or a tress of hair. The choreography once again reveals Angelin Preljocaj’s liking for pas de deux, and for bodies folding like origami. The pleasure of the interpreters is apparent and contagious”.

La Croix

“There are breath-taking scenes and delicately sensual duets, which lead us into a dream of the Arabian Nights and of Chinese shadows. The well-managed metaphor reveals an imagination with a fine poetic force”.

La Terrasse

Angelin Preljocaj is a world-renowned dancer and choreographer, a representative of the "new French dance". Starting with classic ballet was fascinated with contemporary dance which he learned from Merce Cunningham. The first five years of his career Preljocaj spent in National choreographic center in Angers, and then in the company of Dominique Bagouet in Montpellier.

Since founding his company in 1984 has been directing over fifty choreographic performances – solo and large scale. His productions are now part of the repertoire of many companies, notably La Scala of Milan, the New York City Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet. 

Angelin Preljocaj is an owner of numerous awards, including the “Officier des Arts et des Lettres”, “Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur”, “Officier de l’ordre du Mérite”.

The performance produced with the support of: Grand Théâtre de Provence, Maison des Arts de Créteil, Théâtre de la Ville – Paris / Chaillot – théâtre national de la danse, Scène Nationale d’Albi, National Taichung Theater (Taïwan).