Béjart Ballet Lausanne unveils the program for its visit to the Stadsschouwburg in Antwerp, Belgium
From May 25 to 28, 2023, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne returns to the Stadsschouwburg in Antwerp after a 10-year absence. The company will present Tous les hommes presque toujours s’imaginent, a creation by Gil Roman to the music of John Zorn, as well as two ballets by Maurice Béjart, Béjart fête Maurice, composed of excerpts from his choreographies, and Bolero to the music of Maurice Ravel.
Tous les hommes presque toujours s’imaginent, a title borrowed from the Swiss writer Ludwig Hohl, is entirely choreographed to the music of John Zorn, one of the leading composers of contemporary American music. The density and diversity of his extraordinary work, which began in the mid-1970s, as well as the audacity and artistic freedom he expressed through his craft, never ceased to challenge and fascinate the artistic director of the Béjart Ballet Lausanne. Facing a considerable body of work, Gil Roman immerses himself in the various compositions making up the universe that the brilliant multi-instrumentalist has explored from 1990 to 2017… Step by step, with a movement, a gesture, Gil Roman brings his dancers beyond the walls…
In the second part, the company pays tribute to Maurice Béjart in a journey through his repertoire. Béjart fête Maurice brings together excerpts from a series of ballets, all of which remind us of the diversity of the Master’s sources of inspiration, from the East to Africa. A series of intertwined pas de deux and excerpts from larger ballets, this ballet is a light rhapsody, a celebration, a ceremony!
The evening program ends with Bolero, a ballet created in 1961 by Maurice Béjart, to the music of Maurice Ravel. The central role – the Melody – is entrusted sometimes to a female dancer, sometimes to a male dancer. The Rhythm is interpreted by a group of dancers.
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