22 June 2023


The other song of dance is heard beyond

“A brilliant show!”, “Stunning choreography and sets!”, “A moment of grace!”, “Amazing ballet dancers full of nuance and surprises!”, “Signed by a little genius woman!”… The public was full of praise after the performances of The other song of dance, Yuka Oishi’s world creation which was performed five times by the Béjart Ballet Lausanne at the Beaulieu Theater.


Created by the distinctive voice of Japanese choreographer Yuka Oishi, The other song of dance marks the summer return of the Béjart Ballet Lausanne to the Beaulieu Theater. This is a fitting follow-up to Wien, Wien, nur du Allein by Maurice Béjart, presented at the same venue last December, 40 years after its premiere in Brussels. The 39 dancers of Gil Roman‘s company put on a show from June 16 to 21 and received a standing ovation from an audience of nearly 5000.

The Beaulieu Theater resounded with loud cheers as the curtain came down… The other song of dance, inspired by Maurice Béjart’s book of the same name, in which he recorded his childhood thoughts and fantasies, both real and imagined, is set to Gustav Mahler’s 3rd Symphony: it’s an odyssey full of symbolism and mystery, a quest for the meaning of life through fragments of memories and thoughts, right up to the moment of dazzlement.

The other song of dance is Yuka Oishi’s second creation for the BBL, following Ku in 2018, but it marks a first in the company’s history. Yuka Oishi is the first choreographer to whom Gil Roman has offered the BBL’s keys for an entire evening. “She’s a talented and generous artist I’ve been following for a long time”, confides the admiring Béjart Ballet Lausanne Artistic Director. “My mission as a creator is to weave links between the past, the present and the future, and to pass them on to his guest. I use dance to express different emotions that rise up in all of us, different types of love and the soul’s light. These elements are invisible to the naked eye, but they always exist, whatever the circumstances.”

The lights have barely been turned off at the Beaulieu Theater, yet the BBL is ready to hit the road for the end of its season. The Béjart Ballet will dance in Granada on June 30 and July 1 (Ballet for Life), in Carcassonne on July 8 (7 danses grecques, Alors on danse… !, Bolero), in Vaison-la-Romaine on July 11 (7 danses grecques, Alors on danse… !, Bolero) and finally in Martigny on July 14 and 16 (Alors on danse… !,  The Firebird, Bolero). After a summer break, the company will resume its tour with a first stop in Mézières to give two performances on September 30 (“Carte blanche”).


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