Angelin Preljocaj was born in the region of Paris, in France, and began studying classical ballet before turning to contemporary dance, which he studied with Karin Waehner, Zena Rommett, Merce Cunningham, and later Viola Farber and Quentin Rouillier. He then joined Dominique Bagouet before founding his own company in December 1984.
Angelin Preljocaj has created 53 choreographic works, ranging from solo to larger formations. He works regularly with other artists including Enki Bilal, Goran Vejvoda, Air, Granular Synthesis, Fabrice Hyber, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Laurent Mauvignier, Natacha Atlas or Azzedine Alaïa. His productions are now part of the repertoire of many companies, many of which also commission original production from him (New York City Ballet, Staatsoper Berlin, Paris Opera Ballet…). He has also directed and collaborated on several films of his own choreographic work.
Angelin Preljocaj has received numerous awards, including the Benois de la danse in 1995, the Bessie Award in 1997, Les Victoires de la musique in 1997, the Globe de Cristal for Snow White in 2009 and the Samuel H. Scripps Price in 2014. In April 2019 he was appointed to the Academy of Fine Arts in the new « choreography » section.
For Aterballetto he created, within MicroDanze, Near Life Experience (2021).