Le Tour du Monde en 80 minutes
Maurice Béjart

“Astonishing voyagers! What splendid stories
We read in your eyes as deep as the seas!
[…] Tell us what you have seen.”

Charles Baudelaire, Le Voyage


Travel in music, dance and light, an inner journey and an initiation, Le Tour du Monde en 80 minutes will take us to many places and cultures through the eyes of a young traveler, who discovers the world as he attempts to flee his demons.

Le Tour du Monde en 80 minutes, ultimate and unachieved work of the master, was originally inspired by Jules Verne’s famous journey. However, Maurice Béjart took a step away from it in order to be able to add his own memories, his own travelling spirit – the spirit of a man who liked the encounters and discoveries of Life.

Part I

I. Introduction: Igor Stravinsky and original music
II. Senegal: Original music for percussions
III. The Sahara: Original music
IV. Egypt: Oum Kalsoum
V. Greece: Mikis Theodorakis and Manos Hadjidakis
VI. Venice: Antonio Vivaldi and Massimo Ranieri
VII. Vienna: Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
VIII. Parsifal: Richard Wagner

Part II

IX. Inde: Traditional Indian music
X. Arepo: Hughes Le Bars
XI. China: Traditional Chinese and Korean music
XII. North Pole: Traditional Swiss and Tahitian music
XIII. San Francisco: Harry Warren, original music and Duke Ellington
XIV. Pas de 6: Piotr Illitch Tchaïkovsky and original music
XV. Andes: Traditional Andean music
XVI. Brazil: Original music inspired by the batucadas

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