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Ballet Preljocaj's 'Les Nuits' seduces but is problematic
Ballet Preljocaj's 'Les Nuits' seduces but is problematic

Ballet Preljocaj's meticulously seductive "Les Nuits," given its North American premiere by the Dance at Music Center program over the weekend, has a simple and obvious title. Not only is "The Nights" short for "One Thousand and One Nights," but the appellation handily suits French Albanian choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, who likes to think of himself as an instigator of dark dance. He is even about to move into Pavillon Noir, a dance center being built for his French company in Aix-en-Provence. At the center of "Les Nuits" is the history of France's fraught obsession with North Africa and Asia. Where would French music, dance, painting,...

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