Béjart Ballet Lausanne and The Tokyo Ballet will Share the Stage
Maurice Béjart, a charismatic choreographer, brought about love and revolution in ballet in the late 20th century.
2017 marks the 10th anniversary of his death and the 50th anniversary since his Ballet du XXe siècle's first Japan tour (which was later renamed Béjart Ballet Lausanne). To honor him and celebrate the anniversary of his death, 22 November, Béjart Ballet Lausanne (BBL) and The Tokyo Ballet will share the stage for two days in a sublime gala《Béjart Celebration》.
For Béjart, dance was not a mere joy to the eyes, but an art form that would let people to perceive life and animate the power to live. Inspired by various cultures and themes around the world, he created numerous ballets filled with shock, intoxication and love to stir the audiences all over the world.
Japan was one of the countries that attracted him most. He not only visited Japan several times with his company, but also worked with The Tokyo Ballet on many occasions. His creations for The Tokyo Ballet included The Kabuki based on a Japanese tale of "Chushingura" or M inspired by Yukio Mishima, one of the most celebrated Japanese writers. His bond with Japan was further deepened through the creation of such great ballets.