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Total duration 1 h 30 min
no intermission
7 performances
4.5.2018 – 18.5.2018
Main Stage
15-119 €

A sensual symphony in nineteen scenes

Combining movement language from ballet and contemporary dance, Les Nuits – The Nights is a ballet in several scenes for adult viewers. It was created by French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj to celebrate Marseille’s year as European Capital oF Culture in 2013.

Angelin Preljocaj’s own company Ballet Preljocaj has performed the work around Europe, in South Africa and in the USA.

Recommended for children over the age of 12.

Les Nuits is a production by Staatsballett Berlin.

Please note that you can still buy tickets through the website for performances in spring 2018, but not for season 2018-2019.

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“Angelin Preljocaj’s work is a true gem that brings the characters of the Arabian Nights to life.”

– Journal Ventilo

“Choreographer Angelin Preljocaj creates a feminist, erotic version of the Arabian Nights.”

– Lyon Capitale

A critically acclaimed dance work about the dialogue between East and West

Critics around the world have acclaimed Angelin Preljocaj’s ballet, calling it enchanting and seductive. The dialogue between East and West occupies a key position in it.

In creating Les Nuits – The Nights, Preljocaj wished to embark on an exploration based on the Arabian Nights. “There’s a lot that is sensual and erotic in those tales, and I wanted to use that in my work. Above everything is the narrator, Sheherazade. I regard her as one of the earliest feminists of the East,” says Preljocaj.

Preljocaj’s aim is to use dance to illustrate the sensual aspects of Arab culture. He has drawn on idealised and mysticised conceptions of the Middle East in 19th-century Western culture. The visual appearance of the scenes may prompt associations with the paintings of Eugene Delacroix and Jean-Auguster Dominique Ingres.

Preljocaj is the child of Albanian Catholic parents and has lived in France all his life. He previously visited the FNB during the directorship of Jorma Uotinen, in 1999.


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Angelin Preljocaj: Les Nuits

“I wish to explore Eastern cultures where bodies become symbols – a calligraphy of feelings and moods. There is still mysticism and enchantment in the East that affects our collective subconscious.”

– choreographer Angelin Preljocaj

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Creative team

Angelin Preljocaj
Natacha Atlas & Samy Bishai, 79 D
Constance Guisset
Azzedine Alaïa
Lighting design
Cécile Giovansili Vissière


Duo 2
Milla Eloranta
Duo 2
Pauline Simon
Duo 3
Jani Talo
Duo 4
Eemu Äikiö

Performances and tickets

1 h 30 min
no intermission
7 performances
4.5.2018 – 18.5.2018
Main Stage
15-119 €
Fri 4.5.2018
at 19:00
Sat 5.5.2018
at 19:00
Wed 9.5.2018
at 19:00
Sat 12.5.2018
at 19:00
Tue 15.5.2018
at 19:00
Thu 17.5.2018
at 19:00
Fri 18.5.2018
at 19:00

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