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A Mixed Bag

Ballets choreographed
by Angelin Preljocaj -
reviewed by
HOWARD SMITH

'Apart from the galvanised buckets it's all effectively eye-catching ...'

Angelin Preljocaj. © 2007 Opus Arte

I find it difficult, if not impossible, to reconcile a key Biblical event from the Gospel of St Mark ('MC 14/22') with Preljocaj's homoerotic choreography in 21st century mould. The Biblical text is taken from Mark: Chapter 14, Verse 22 ('... this is my body'); its occasion -- 'The Last Supper'.

Male-male expression in the visual fine arts ranges throughout history from Ancient Greece and Rome through the present day with added manifestations in photography and cinema. Furthermore Preljocaj's brand of symbolic homoeroticism, the representation of same-sex conjunction and desire, is found in performative genres; from theatre to the theatricality of uniformed movements, such as the Wandervogel and the 'Gemeinschaft der Eigenen' of Adolf Brand (1874-1945)...

Copyright © 5 August 2011 Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand

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DVD INFORMATION: ANGELIN PRELJOCAJ

CHOREOGRAPHY

BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION

OPUS ARTE

ALBANIA

FRANCE

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