Born in 1957 in the Paris region, Angelin Preljocaj began studying classical dance before turning to contemporary dance with Karin Waehner, Zena Rommett, Merce Cunningham, then Viola Farber and Quentin Rouillier. He then joined Dominique Bagouet until the creation of his own company in December 1984. He has choreographed 53 pieces, from solo to large forms and regularly joins other artists: Enki Bilal, Air, Fabrice Hyber, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Laurent Garnier, Natacha Atlas, Azzedine Alaïa, Subodh Gupta. His creations are presented all over the world and taken up in the repertoires of numerous companies, from which he also receives commissions such as the New York City Ballet, the Berlin Staatsoper or the Paris Opera Ballet. He also makes short films and films featuring his choreographies. He has received several awards including the "Grand Prix National de la danse" (1992), the "Benois de la danse" (1995), the "Bessie Award" (1997), "Les Victoires de la musique" (1997), the "Crystal Globe" (2009) and the "Samuel H. Scripps Prize" from the American Dance Festival for Lifetime Achievement (2014). His first feature film, Polina, danser sa vie, directed with Valérie Müller and adapted from the comic book by Bastien Vivès, was released in cinemas in 2016.
Update April 2020