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BALLET FOR LIFE

BÉJART BALLET LAUSANNE

BÉJART BALLET LAUSANNE
THE JOY OF LIVING

"Ballet For Life" or "Le Presbytère" is much more than a dance show with music by Queen and Mozart. It is a striking and moving autobiography, an explosion of emotions and hidden feelings by one of the great masters of contemporary dance. The piece is dedicated to famous figures who died young, such as the lead singer of the British group Queen, Freddy Mercury, and a man who was much more than the first male dancer in his company, Jorge Donn, who both fell victim to AIDS at 45 years old. "Le Presbytère n’a rien perdu de son charme, ni le jardin de son éclat", the full title of the work, first premièred at the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris in January 1997 and is still one of the most striking pieces in the history of dance. Béjart himself described it as “a cry of anguish from young people for whom death by love is yet another problem on top of so many wars, wars that have not stopped around the world since the so-called end of the last world war”. Through carefully chosen lighting, a perspective filled with optimism and brightly coloured costumes designed by Gianni Versace, Béjart shows us disinhibited youth in a perfect combination of humorous ingenuity, brilliant technique and a carefree way of seeing life that is under threat, all to a musical backdrop of "Cosí Fan Tutti" by Mozart, and Queen.
The festival opens its 35th edition with "Ballet for Life" or "Le Presbytère", a performance about death that is ultimately an ode to life, an act of love. Ladies and gentlemen, "the show must go on".
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BÉJART BALLET LAUSANNE

BALLET FOR LIFE

Gil ROMAN, Artistic Director

 

Maurice BÉJART, choreography

 

QUEEN, Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART, music

Gianni VERSACE, costume design

Clément CAYROL, lighting design

Dominique ROMAN, lighting design

Germaine COHEN, video editing

Salle Métropole, Lausanne el 15 de desembre de 1996, première

Teatre Comunale, Vicensa el 8 de març de 2008, revival

Gil ROMAN, Gregor METZGER, Christine BLANC, Koen ONZIA, Juichi KOBAYASHI, original cast