Ballet Preljocaj: “Empty Moves I & II”

When: November 7, 2010, 5:00 pm
Where: Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State (80 Forsyth Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303).

For the first time in Atlanta, the Ballet Angelin Preljocaj will perform “Empty Moves I & II” at the Rialto Center.

_ “One of his most sophisticated and meditative dances of all”
- The New York Times

“This is a dance graced by an abundance of unpredictable invention.”
- Financial Times

Angelin Preljocaj is one of the greatest French modern choreographers, and the director of the National Choreographic Centre in Aix-en-Provence, France. He has said that “Empty Moves” was inspired by a live reading by John Cage at the Teatro Lirico in Milan from December 2, 1977. Angelin Preljocaj notes that this reading, which began with a text by Henry David Thoreau “attempts to reach the unflappable pugnacity of the mastermind behind that evening in Milan. The notion of the alienation effect, of the disintegration of the movement and of a new manner of choreographic phrasing takes precedence over their meaning and essence.”

The ballet has been internationally critically acclaimed and the French daily, Le Figaro, noted, “In his ballet ‘Empty Moves’, Angelin Preljocaj, the most programmed contemporary choreographer in France and abroad, offers a spectacular insight into how he is motivated by a passion for the pure strength of bodies in motion… Their bodies intertwine, often slowly, carry one another, rise, coil up, testing their weight and elasticity in new, calm, spell-binding harmonies.”

The Rialto Center for the Arts is Georgia State University’s 833-seat performing-arts venue located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. The venue presents the best of national and international dance and music.

Also, join the contemporary chamber music ensemble, Bent Frequency, who will be playing the music of John Cage at a reception in the Rialto lobby before the ballet.

Tickets: $38
Box Office at 404-413-9849 or online at the Rialto Ticket Center.
Group tickets may be available for groups of 10 or more.
Georgia State students with a valid ID may be eligible for a GSU student discount.

Click here to read an interview with Angelin Preljocaj by Andrew Alexander from Creative Loafing.