Nobody marries a medusa

  • Dance
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The 1999 archive

Angelin Preljocaj



The Medusa's juxtaposed beauty and horror have fascinated people since Antiquity. At the same time a mirror and a mask, this head terrifies those who dare look at her. An image of death, an image of the mother-figure and a maritime symbol, Medusa contains the secret of theatre: a presence and an absence that will forever remain beyond our grasp. We could say that the role of television is like Medusa in Angelin Preljocaj's chor-eographic work, as we can never be sure what the shadows are, whether they are representing a global scene, or whether they describe an intimate contemporary media tool. The onlooker is petrified because they tend to be lazy, because they want to be carried towards something that it would be easy to call "The Truth". The dance steps in this performance are determined, and in opposition to illusion. The body is restricted beyond the unplanned occurrences of work and the obstacles to be overcome, and that which can affect artistic choices, far from the gaze of the Medusa.


choreography Angelin Preljocaj

Music : Groupe Maximum SC
Costumes : Adrien Chalgard
Assistant : Sylvie Meyniel
Lighting : Adrien Chalgard
Assistants : Patrick Riou and Thibault Leblanc
Cast : José-Maria Alves, Nathalie Aveillan, Jean-Vincent Boudic, Julie Bour, Claire Burnet, Emilio Calcagno, Bérengère Chasseray, Celina Chaulvin, Hervé Chaussard, Philippe Combes, Nadine Comminges, Craig Dawson, Sébastien Durand, Claudia de Smet, Sidi Graoui, Sylvain Groud, Soleil Koster, Aurélie Lobin, Stéphane Loras, Karine Mommessin, Loic Noisette, Stéphanie Pons, Barbara Sarreau and Gilles Veriepe


Coproduction : Festival Danse à Aix, Festival d'Avignon, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris, Les Gémeaux-Sceaux-Scène nationale, La Coursive-Scène nationale de La Rochelle, Theater der Stadt Remscheid (Allemagne) Ballet Preljocaj-Centre chorégraphique national de la région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, de la ville d'Aix-en-Provence et du département des Bouches du Rhône
Avec le soutien du : Groupe Partouche-Société du Casino municipal d'Aix Thermal et de l'AFAA pour les tournées à l'étranger

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