Named after the fighting and victorious Indian God of dance, Maurice Béjart founded the Rudra Béjart School Lausanne in 1992. Since then, it has welcomed in Lausanne students of thirty different nationalities who receive free training for two years. The school has currently 33 dancers.
Maurice Béjart’s idea was to create a multi-disciplinary school and atelier where dance is the basis, and the atelier part implies that dancers do personal research in order to develop themselves. A dance that joins the arts, whether it be music, theatre, body expression or martial arts.
For Maurice Béjart, « Rudra is also an intellectual and moral lifestyle. A way of living in relation to the modern world where the dancer takes on a social place in the universe. A period of letting go and permissiveness, it is important to have humans that, without being aggressive, have the will to face the battle of life. »
The Rudra Béjart School is one of the branches that the Béjart Ballet Lausanne Foundation handles. The school offers to a group of selected young dancers to complete their basic training. Ballet, modern dance, theatrical games, vocal placement, music, rhythm and chorus, choreographic composition, as well as the Japanese martial art form Kendo are all taught at the school.
The students experience each year what it is like to be on stage and it has brought them in Switzerland, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Japan, China and India.
The school continues today, following Maurice Béjart’s will, to pass on its pedagogy and his choreographic message under the direction of Michel Gascard.
For more information about the Rudra Béjart School Lausanne, see bejart-rudra.ch