Julien Favreau

France
© BBL - Anoush Abrar
© BBL - Anoush Abrar

After dancing for three decades for the Béjart Ballet Lausanne and performing many prominent solos from Maurice Béjart’s and Gil Roman’s repertoires, Julien Favreau takes over as interim Artistic Director on February 28, succeeding Gil Roman, who was the company’s Artistic Director for 17 years. This transition marks a pivotal moment in the company’s history, but also affirms the continuity of Maurice Béjart’s artistic legacy.

 

With his thirty years’ experience as a dancer for the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Julien Favreau perfectly embodies the very essence of this legacy. His artistic career, which was built in direct contact with Maurice Béjart himself, bears witness to a deep and intimate understanding of the priceless repertoire left by the master. From technical discipline to emotional expressiveness, Julien Favreau assimilates and magnifies every gesture and movement, making him an exceptional interpreter who respects Béjart’s original vision while infusing his own sensitivity into it.

The decision to appoint him as interim Artistic Director is based on his background as a dancer, but also on his proven ability to transmit and teach. With this new role as the company’s leader, Julien Favreau aims to preserve the authenticity and integrity of Maurice Béjart’s repertoire, while bringing a new, contemporary energy to the company.

Julien Favreau won the Prix des Étoiles de Ballet 2000 in Cannes in 2006, and the Premio Positano “Leonide Massine” per la danza in 2012. He studied classical and contemporary dance at the École Nationale de Musique et de Danse de La Rochelle under Colette Milner. He was noticed by Maurice Béjart and entered the École-Atelier Rudra Béjart Lausanne in 1994. He then joined the Béjart Ballet Lausanne company in 1995.
Maurice Béjart immediately created important roles for him in such works as Zarathoustra, Le chant de la danse, L’Amour-la Danse, Elton Berg ou La Route de la Soie, Enfant-Roi and Nutcracker. He gave him several leading roles, including in The Rite of Spring, Ballet for Life, Serait-ce la Mort ?, Brel et Barbara, The Magic Flute, Dibouk, Le Teck and Bhakti.

In 2007, under the artistic direction of Gil Roman, he performed solo roles in Bolero, Light, Le Concours, Le Marteau sans maître, Sonate à 3, The Ninth Symphony, Béjart fête Maurice, Un cygne d’autrefois se souvient que c’est lui and Wien, Wien, nur du Allein. Julien participated in Casino des Esprits, Anima Blues, Aria, Tombées de la dernière pluie, t’M et variations… and Tous les hommes presque toujours s’imaginent. He was also involved in the creations of guest choreographers such as Andonis Foniadakis, Sthan Kabar-Louet, Tony Fabre, Marc Hollogne and Yuka Oishi.

He also took part in several international galas. A Télévision Suisse-Romande documentary was made about him: “Julien Favreau, en attendant Zarathoustra”, directed by M.Dami.

In early March 2024, he succeeds Gil Roman as interim Artistic Director of the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, following a decision by the BBL Foundation Board. Under his wise leadership, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne will continue to shine on international stages, carrying on the immortal legacy of one of the greatest choreographers of the 20th century.

“I feel like the Béjart Ballet Lausanne not only extends one thing, but also marks the beginning of something else.” – Maurice Béjart

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