French-Albanian choreographer Angelin Preljocaj began his career in classical ballet before turning to contemporary dance. After studying with Karin Waehner at the Schola Cantorum in Paris and Merce Cunningham in New York, he founded Ballet Preljocaj in 1984 and has choreographed more than 30 major, and often highly unconventional, works, including Romeo and Juliet (1998 Next Wave), Helikopter & Rite of Spring (2002 Next Wave), and Near Life Experience (2004 Next Wave). He regularly works with other prominent ballet companies, including the Ballet de l’Opéra National de Lyon, the Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris, and the Staatsballett Berlin. He has also choreographed for the New York City Ballet and received a Bessie Award (1998) for Annonciation. Ballet Preljocaj was last at BAM with Empty Moves (parts I & II) (2010 Next Wave).