The “Fondation Béjart Ballet Lausanne” (hereafter “Foundation BBL”) was established in the capital of Vaud on September 28, 1987, continuing the activity of the Ballet du XXème siècle , which Maurice Béjart had led for over twenty-five years in Brussels. Its goals include operating the Béjart Ballet Lausanne company, as well as the promotion of any activity in connection with dancing.
From 1987 to 1992, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne was a continuation of the Ballet of the XXth century and consisted of a company with 60-80 dancers performing tours in major world capitals, while creating new choreographies twice a year.
In 1992, Maurice Béjart decided to reduce the size of the company to a group of thirty high-end dancers and creates the Rudra Béjart School Lausanne, open to young dancers from around the world free of charge. The Foundation BBL now comprises two entities: the Béjart Ballet Lausanne dance company and the Rudra Béjart School.
The “Fondation Béjart Ballet Lausanne”, headed by a Board of Trustees, now oversees the Company’s and the School’s activities. It is a small enterprise of about 115 employees with (besides 40 dancers from thirty nationalities) technical and administrative staff of about 65 people, and the school (teachers and students) consisting of a group of fifty persons.
After twenty-three years of sustained activity, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne remains true to its original purpose: being the preferred instrument of one of the most productive choreographers of the 20th century. In addition to numerous international tours, demonstrating the universal appeal of Béjart Ballet Lausanne, the Company and the School regularly perform in Switzerland and particularly in Lausanne during the months of May and December.