Inspired by the character of Siddharta, Angelin Preljocaj offered in 2010 a new creation to the Paris Opera Ballet.
The choreographer revisits the legend of this prince who became the 'enlightened one', or the Buddha, making a personal and free version, exploring the character's path to asceticism and sacrifice in his quest for truth. Beyond a simple tale, Preljocaj unveils the torments and the mysteries of this long inner path towards light, full of obstacles and doubts.
For his fourth creation for the Paris Opera Ballet, Angelin Preljocaj has gathered an incredible team of artists: Bruno Mantovani, author of a long symphonic poem, Eric Reinhardt for the libretto, visual artist Claude Lévêque, and finally Dominique Bruguière and Olivier Bériot for the lighting and costumes.
Choreography: Angelin Preljocaj (creation for the Paris Opera Ballet)
Music: Bruno Mantovani (commission for the Paris Opera)
Set design: Claude Lévêque
Dramaturgy: Eric Reinhardt
Costumes : Olivier Bériot
Lighting design : Dominique Bruguière
Siddharta : Nicolas Le Riche, Étoile dancer
L’Eveil : Aurélie Dupont, Étoile dancer
The King, Siddharta's father: Wilfried Romoli, Guest Étoile dancer
Ananda, Siddharta's cousin and companion: Stéphane Bullion, Premier danseur
Sujata, a young villager: Muriel Zusperreguy, Première danseuse
Yasodhara, Siddharta's wife: Alice Renavand, Sujet
and the Paris Opera Corps de Ballet
The Paris Opera Orchestra
Conductor: Susanna Mälkki
Film director: Denis Caiozzi
A coproduction Opéra national de Paris, LGM, MEZZO
With the participation of France Télévisions
and the support of the Centre National de la Cinématographie
Visuel © Ann Ray / OnP