15 April 2020

The Ninth Symphony postponed to 2021

The Béjart Ballet Lausanne postpones the performance of The Ninth Symphony until 2021


Following the measures taken by the Swiss government to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic, the performances of The Ninth Symphony, choreographed by Maurice Béjart to the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, originally scheduled from June 12 to 17 at the Vaudoise Arena in Lausanne-Malley, have been postponed to 2021.


The show was expected to bring together 250 artists from the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, the Tokyo Ballet, the Lausanne Sinfonietta, the Pro Arte Choir of Lausanne and soloists. Unfortunately, the event cannot be held as announced from June 12 to 17 at the Vaudoise Arena in Lausanne-Malley. The measures taken to fight the coronavirus epidemic are hindering the artistic preparation of the dancers and prevent the organization of a show that would guarantee everyone’s safety. As the host of such an exceptional event, the BBL is faced with the obligation to postpone the five performances to 2021 in the same venue.


This is an extremely difficult decision to take, but a necessary one, as it is the result of a case of force majeure. The Béjart Ballet Lausanne has been at a standstill since March 16, and in this context, is doing its utmost to ensure the safety and preservation of public health, the artists and all its employees. The exact dates of The Ninth Symphony performances in 2021 will be communicated at a later date. The BBL encourages ticket holders to keep their tickets for the June 2020 performances, as they will remain valid for the postponed dates.


The BBL team would like to thank the public for their understanding, support and encouragement since the beginning of the confinement measures. We also extend our sincere gratitude to our partners and sponsors for their unwavering presence at our side.

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