Blanca Li creates Shéhérazade.
At the Opéra de Paris, Rimsky-Korsakov's symphonic ballet, Shéhérazade, has been revisited by Andalusian choreographer Blanca Li, a very refined show that called on designer Christian Lacroix for the costumes.
Choreographer, dancer, director, Blanca Li was born in Grenada in 1964. She drew her inspiration from Arabo-Andalucian culture and mixed in classic and baroque modes of expression as well as hip-hop and flamenco. At 17 years old she attended Martha Graham's lessons in New York. She created her first contemporary dance company in 1992 and appeared at the Universal Exposition in Sevilla before setting up in Paris in 1993, producing eleven shows, of whichMacadam-Macadam(1999) became an international reference for hip-hop. Blanca Li was solicited outside her company to choreograph ballets and operas, notably the Opéra Garnier (balletShéhérazadein 2001, opera balletles Indes galantesin 2003), at the Opéra Bastille (operaGuillaume Tellin 2003) and in the Berlin Ballett-Komische Oper which she directed for a year (balletLe Songe du minotaurin 2002).
She turned her hand to cinema (Gazon maudit, Nettoyage à sec) and in 2002 completed a feature film called,Le Défi, a hip-hop musical comedy. In 2006, she was named the artistic director at the Andalucian Centre of Dance in Sevilla.