Mantovani: Siddharta (Angelin Preljocaj/ Nicolas Le Riche/ Wilfried Romoli) (Arthaus Dvd: 101558)
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Choreographer Angelin Preljocaj draws inspiration from the founding theme of Siddharta for the original new work that he is offering the Paris Opera Ballet. He revisits the saga of the one who would become the Awakened One or Buddha, bringing a personal interpretation exploring the themes of new challenges, ordeals and sacrifices in the quest for an absolute. Moving beyond mere narrative, he reveals the torments and mysteries of a long inner journey riddled with pitfalls, uncertainties and doubts. Preljocaj shares his journey with two artists with strong personalities: Bruno Mantovani, the brilliant, young French composer and Claude Leveque, the visual artist and scenographer, with his powerful ability to dream up new spaces for our time.
"Nicolas Le Riche campe un Siddharta d'une jeunesse solaire. Au soir de la premiere, le public a longuement ovationne les artistes." Le Figaro
"... there are standing ovations for Preljocaj and his collaborators ..." The Observer