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Ballet Preljocaj: 'Snow White'

Snow White & the Queen's duet
Snow White & the Queen's duet
Jean-Claude Carbonne

Ballet Preljocaj

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"The Grimm Brother's story is drama-ridden in and of itself, though Preljocaj amplifies this in his presentation of the Queen. Dancer Anna Tatarova embodies a swirl of narcissism and eroticism in this role - undeniably due to her black thigh-high tights, stilettos, and red-trimmed black cape - and in her execution of the forceful, suggestive movements. Love is second to lust in Preljocaj's Snow White. This is evident in the most memorable scene of the ballet: the duet of Snow White and the Queen. As the poisonous apple is shoved into Snow White's mouth, the Queen drags her around, clearly the dominatrix in the fateful encounter.

Throughout, the costumes by fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier add to this sexual undertone, featuring low-cut necklines, high slits, and strappy corsets. Gustav Mahler's music is integrated with additional electronic soundscapes by 79 D, creating edgy, dynamic accompaniment. Most successful is Thierry Leproust's set designs which lend the work a touch of magic."

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The Joyce Theater Foundation presented Ballet Preljocaj's Snow White at the David H. Koch Theater April 23-27.

To learn more about the company, visit its website here.