Ballet Preljocaj Afterthoughts

Oct 31, 2013

What did you think of Angelin Preljocaj's visual choreography? How did you react to the epic atmosphere, including the music, flash lighting, and frequent costume and prop changes? Did And then, one thousand years of peace emphasize or expose elements of our world that are often concealed? What were your interpretations? Join in the conversation!

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Probably not a work we will see again. Maybe some interesting dance, but also very forgettable.

I came with my daughter. We both enjoyed it; I being tired absorbed it on a very simple sensual level while my daughter interpreted what was going on, adding another level which dd make it richer. I appreciate the use of the unusual props in various fashion, creating some very stark and sometimes surprising visuals. The music overall fit very well with the movement and very much helped to define the images.

Amazing! Intense! Unforgettable!

This was, in my opinion, better than Snow White, and I did think it was interesting from an athletic point of view. I did not think it great from a dance point of view. Also, I found the use of flags in the last part of the dance disrespectful, and their walking on ANY of the flags was not acceptable; especially when there were options of doing what they did without walking on the flags. That was something I do not expect from adults, it was an immature teenage action and not worthy of the rest of the dance..

This was, in my opinion, better than Snow White, and I did think it was interesting from an athletic point of view. I did not think it great from a dance point of view. Also, I found the use of flags in the last part of the dance disrespectful, and their walking on ANY of the flags was not acceptable; especially when there were options of doing what they did without walking on the flags. That was something I do not expect from adults, it was an immature teenage action and not worthy of the rest of the dance..

It was certainly intriguing, but not a great work. Much of the symbolism was too blatant. I think it would have worked better if done with more subtlety. I did like the costumes and most of the visuals. The dancers in this company are so good, so strong and powerful, and I did not think the simplistic, repetitive choreography did them justice.

Certainly 90 minutes without intermission is a perfect example of a choreographic self indulgence. Sixty minutes would have been more than adequate to exhibit the competence of the dancers (which was considerable) and still express the content of the rather overblown and pretentious program notes. I believe all choreographers should be required to sit through a complete performance of their creation in a crowded, darkened theater, with somewhat less than comfortable seats, and unable to see clearly what dancers are doing when writhing in positions at stage floor level. As a room with windows would improve the forecasting predictions of meteorologists, such a requirement would, at the very least, permit the choreographer to view his/her construction from the view of an audience (who are not even privy to the inner significance of the movements). All in all, for me, a rather disappointing evening.

My son and I both thoroughly enjoyed this dance performance. I am not a dance critic, so it is hard to describe for me, but the visceral, kinesthetic effect it had was startling, delightful and very enjoyable.

A friend and I were in attendance and had very good seats. This contemporary show was very enjoyable. The visuals and the costumes and the music were great! The dancers made it look effortless with 90 minutes straight performances. Thank you for an enjoyable evening.

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