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The dark side of choreographer Angelin Preljocaj comes to L.A.
The dark side of choreographer Angelin Preljocaj comes to L.A.

There is dark, and then there is the über-noir, transgressive vision of modernist choreographer Angelin Preljocaj. Founding Ballet Preljocaj in Champigny-sur-Marne in 1984, the French-born Albanian shot to fame in 1990 by setting "Romeo and Juliet" in an Orwellian dystopia, his Juliet a daughter of a Ceau¿escu-style dictator, his Romeo a homeless drifter. Five years later, he created "Annonciation," which drew protests from orthodox Russians when it showed the archangel Gabriel as a woman who kisses the Virgin Mary. And not many audiences can forget Preljocaj's "Rite of Spring," made in 2001, in which a gang rape occurs, and the Chosen...

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