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Snow White — Ballet Preljocaj

A stunningly sinister adaptation of the Grimm Brothers' fairytale complete with costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier.
By Libby Curran
September 09, 2019
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Snow White — Ballet Preljocaj

A stunningly sinister adaptation of the Grimm Brothers' fairytale complete with costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier.
By Libby Curran
September 09, 2019
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Twirling elegantly around the stage as part of a world-class ballet performance is one thing, but just imagine getting to do so kitted out in stunning outfits by Jean Paul Gaultier.

Announced today, a dark contemporary retelling of Snow White by France's Ballet Preljocaj is coming to Auckland, complete with a wardrobe of captivating costumes by the internationally acclaimed haute couture designer.

Gaultier's work will complement what promises to be a multi-sensory masterpiece; the show features choreography from renowned French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, gorgeous set design by celebrated artist Thierry Leproust and a soundtrack of lush Gustav Mahler symphonies.

Preljocaj's Snow White adaptation made its Australasian debut at QPAC for the 2016 Brisbane Festival, last year scoring the Helpmann Award for Best Ballet.

"I was very keen to tell a story, offer something magical and enchanted," explained Preljocaj. "I have followed the version by the Grimm Brothers, with just a few personal variations based on my own analysis of the symbols in the tale".

As part of Auckland Arts Festival 2020, Snow White will be at the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre for five shows only.

Images: Jean-Claude Carbonne.

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