After intensive training with Marika Besobrasova, Rosella Hightower and José Ferran, Gil Roman joined Maurice Béjart at the Ballet du XXe siècle in 1979. He has performed in Béjart’s most renowned ballet during more than thirty years. Artistic Director of the Béjart Ballet Lausanne since December 2007, he creates new choreographies and preserves Béjart’s heritage.
His career, which spans more than 40 years of continuous dancing, is rich in numerous creations : L’Habit ne fait pas le Moine, Réflexion sur Béla, Echographie d’une baleine, Le Casino des Esprits, Aria, Syncope, Là où sont les oiseaux, that was presented as a world premiere at the China Shanghai International Arts Festival, and Anima Blues. Since this creation in 2013, three new pieces add up to the repertoire : 3 Danses pour Tony, Kyôdai, and Tombées de la dernière pluie, that was first staged in May 2015 at the Lausanne Opera.
Gil Roman’s dancer career was honored in 2005 with the prestigious Danza & Danza Award for Best Dancer for his performance as Jacques Brel in Brel & Barbara. In 2006, the Monaco Dance Forum awarded him the Nijinsky Award. In 2014, Vaud State Foundation for Culture awarded Gil Roman with the Prix for cultural awareness and, in November of the same year, he received the special Prize from Shanghai Art Festival for his work on Maurice Béjart’s choreography of The Ninth Symphony. At KKL Theater in Luzern on May 15, he was rewarded with the Maya Plissetskaya Award 2015 during a special night in memory of the great dancer, who passed away a few weeks ago. On May 29, Gil Roman received the insignia of Knight of the National Order of Merit (Chevalier dans l’Ordre national du Mérite) from France’s ambassador to Switzerland, René Roudaut. This prestigious award celebrates the career, influence and creative spirit of our artistic director.