In 2008, Angelin Preljocaj created Snow White, a contemporary and romantic ballet for 26 dancers, and set to a symphony by Gustav Malher. Jean Paul Gaultier designed the costumes and Thierry Leproust the set design. Snow White was premiered in September 2008 at the Biennale de la danse of Lyon.
“I was very keen to tell a story, offer something magical and enchanted. No doubt it was to avoid getting into a rut. And also because, like everyone, I love stories. I have followed the version by the Grimm brothers, with just a few personal variations based on my own analysis of the symbols in the tale. Bettelheim describes Snow White as an œdipus in reverse. The wicked stepmother is without doubt the central character in the tale. She is the one who I examine through her narcissistic determination not to give up on seduction and her role as a woman, even if it means sacrificing her stepdaughter. The understanding of symbols belongs to adults as well as children; it’s for everyone, and that’s why I like fairy tales.
Snow White is a narrative ballet with its own dramatic content. The places are represented by Thierry Leproust’s set. The 26 dancers of the company play their parts in costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier”.