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Ballet for Life
Maurice Béjart

A little over thirty years ago, in between Berlioz surprising music interspersed with bombing and the sound of ma­chine guns, an unconventional Friar Lawrence cried out to Jorge Donn and Hitomi Asakawa: “Make love, not war!”

Today, Gil Roman, who is about the same age as the creation of my Romeo and Juliet, surrounded by dancers who have never seen this ballet, answers: “You told us to make love, not war. We made love. Why is love waging war on us?”

A cry from the youth, for whom the problem of death by love is added to the multiple wars that have never ceased in the world since the so-called END of the last World War!

Above all, my ballets are encounters with music, with life, with death, with love… with all those, whose life and works find a renewal within me. Moreover, the dancer who I am no longer is reincarnated each time by the dancers who surpass this former self.

A love affair with the music by Queen. Invention, violence, humour, love… it’s all there. I love the group. They inspire me and guide me, sometimes through this no man’s land where we will all go one day and where, I am sure, Freddie Mercury is playing a duet on the piano with Mozart.

A ballet about youth and hope, as hopeless and optimistic as they are. Despite everything, I believe that “the show must go on”, as Queen would say.

Maurice Béjart

 

MUSICAL REFERENCES

 

John Deacon

Album: Made in Heaven ; Title: Winter’s Tale ; Performers: Queen ; Record: EMI ; Ref.: 4835542

Album: The Works ; Title: I Want To Break Free, live at Wembley 86. Performers: Queen ; Record: EMI ; Ref. : 7995942

 

Brian May

Album: Live Killer ; Title: Brighton Rock ; Performers: Queen ; Record: EMI ; Ref.: 7895002

Album: Sheer Heart Attack ; Title: Brighton Rock, solo live at Wembley 86 ; Performers: Queen ; Record: EMI ; Ref.: 7995942

Album: A Night At the Opera ; Title: The Prophet’s Song ; Performers: Queen ; Record: EMI ;
Ref.: 7894922

 

Freddie Mercury

Album: A Night at the Opera ; Title: Love of my life, live at Wembley 86 ; Performers: Queen ; Record: EMI ; Ref.: 7995942

Album: A Night at the Opera ; Title: Bohemian Rhapsody, live at Wembley 86 ; Performers: Queen ; Record: EMI ; Ref.: 7995942

Album: A Night At The Opera ; Title: Seaside Rendezvous ; Performer: Queen ; Record: EMI ;
Ref.: 7894922

Album: A Day at the Races ; Title: Millionaire Waltz ; Performers: Queen ; Record: EMI ;
Ref.: UOCD 668

Album: A Day at the Races ; Title: You Take My Breath Away ; Performers: Queen ;
Record: EMI ; Ref.: UOCD 668

Album: Made in Heaven ; Title: I Was Born To Love You ; Performers: Queen ; Record: EMI ;
Ref.: 4835542

Album: Live Killers ; Title: Get down make love ; Performers: Queen ; Record: EMI ;
Ref.: 7895002

 

Roger Taylor

Album: The Works ; Title: Radio Gaga ; Performers: Queen ; Record: EMI ;
Ref.: CDP 7460162

Album: Made in Heaven ; Title: Heaven for Everyone ; Performers: Queen ; Record: EMI ;
Ref.: 4835542

Album: A Kind Of Magic ; Title: A Kind Of Magic ; Performers: Queen ; Record: EMI ;
Ref.: 7462672

 

Queen

Album: Innuendo ; Title: The Show Must Go On ; Performers : Queen ; Record: EMI ;
Ref.: CDP 7958872

Album: Made in Heaven ; Title: It’s A Beautiful Day ; Performers: Queen ; Record: EMI ;
Ref.: 4835542

Album: Made in Heaven ; Title: Let Me Live ; Performers: Queen ; Record: EMI ;
Ref.: 4835542

 

Buck Ram

Album: The Freddie Mercury Album ; Title: The Great Pretender ; Performer: Freddie Mercury ; Record: EMI ; Ref.: 077778099925

 

Dave Clark, John Christie

Album: The Freddie Mercury Album ; Title: Time ; Performer: Freddie Mercury ; Record: EMI ;
Ref.: 077778099925

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Album: Symphonien Nr. 39, 40, 41 ; Title: K. 477 Maurerische Trauermusik ; Director: Eugene Jochum ; Performers: Bamberger Symphoniker ; Record: ORFEO ; Ref : C 045902 A

Album : Thamos, König in Ägypten ; Title: Nr. Andante Moderato ; Director: Nikolaus Harnoncourt  ; Performers: Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam ; Record: TELEDEL ; Ref. : 2428952

Album: Piano Concerto N.21 ; Titles: Klavier Konzert N21 C-DUR « Elvira Madigan » KV 427, Il Andante ; Director: Wolfgang Sawallisch ; Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra London, Annie Fischer ; Record: EMI ; Ref.: CDE 76777782

Album: Sinfonia Concertante K. 364 in E-Flat Major ; Title: Andante ; Director: Nikolaus Harnoncourt ; Performers: Wiener Philharmoniker, Gidon Kremer (violin), Kim Kashkashian (viola/alto) ; Record: EMI ; Ref.: 429 606-2

Album: Così fan tutte ; Titles: Recitativo: Non V’è Piu Tempo, Muoio D’affanno!… Quintetto: Di Scrivermi Ogni Giorno… ; Director: Karl Böhm ; Performers: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Alfredo Kraus, Giuseppe Taddei, Walter Berry ; Record: EMI ; Ref.: CMS 7693302

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