In Eugene Onegin Pushkin said that ballet is a dance performed by the human soul. The poet dedicated the whole stanza of his immortal novel in verse to Avdotia Istomina, one of the best Russian ballerinas of 19th century and when it comes to Russian ballet, nothing needs to be explained. But Switzerland has a ballet school whose dancers can easily compete with Mariinsky and Bolshoi troupes. Meet Béjart Ballet Lausanne, the jewel of Swiss dance art!
The school was founded by Maurice Béjart, the legend of choreography, in 1987, so in 2017 it celebrates the 30th anniversary. Taught by the greatest Russian ballet dancers, it was Béjart who erased the border between the pure classics and the contemporary dance and opened the world of ballet to the wide audience. He believed that human body could express any idea, and he proved it with his dance works – graceful, elegant and moving.
“My dictionary is the dictionary of the body, my grammar is the grammar of dance, my paper is the stage carpet,” – that’s what Béjart wrote in his autobiography. His ballet’s phenomenon is the absence of any taboos or limitations, his works know no equal in emotional intensity. Béjart united the eternal ballet standards with ancient epos, oriental rituals and African traditions (and so much more!) and added pure human emotions – the combination always ended up being absolutely mesmerizing. His continuer, Gil Roman, carefully keeps the atmosphere and the spirit Béjart created.
The repertoire of Bejart Ballet is truly impressive. From Hindu exotic in Bhakti to timeless Bolero, from discovering visible and invisible connections between human bodies in Corps-circuit to uncovering the human soul in Anima blues, from Cantate 51, a dance tribute to Bach, to The Rite of Spring based on hatha yoga – it’s impossible to describe the school’s style in a few words.
Just two years after the foundation of the school, in 1989, the Béjart Ballet’s show in Paris was attended by about 150 000 people! Today the audience of world’s best theatres and concert halls applauses to Béjart’s genius works. The troupe includes 39 artists from 15 countries and they do more than 120 performances per year.
One look is worth a thousand words, huh? Come to Lausanne and have that one look, and get fascinated by Béjart Ballet Lausanne, and fall in love with ballet forever.
Fantastic Ballet in in Fantastic Switzerland!
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