The film Boléro is a beautiful association of three techniques: the musical work of Maurice Ravel, well known to the public, the choreography of Maurice Béjart, one of the most outstanding innovators in the art of contemporary ballet, the cinematographic report well led by Jean-Marc Landier.
These three techniques come together: musical crescendo, choreographic crescendo, cinematographic crescendo, form a strong and moving work.
The Bolero is performed by the Ballet du XXème Siècle.
At the center of the performance, the moving face of Duska Sifnios.
Film: 35 mm
Black and white
Length: 450 m
Duration: 17 minutes
Maurice Béjart created the Ballet du XXe Siècle in Brussels in 1960, an international company that he directed and with which he toured around the world with, as his repertoire of creations grew: “Boléro” (1961), “Messe pour le temps présent” (1967) and “L'Oiseau de feu” (1970). In 1987, the Ballet du XXe Siècle became the Béjart Ballet Lausanne. The great choreographer established himself in the Olympic capital. In 1992, he decided to limit the size of his company to around thirty dancers to "rediscover the essence of the performer” and, the same year, he founded the Rudra Béjart School-Workshop. Among the myriad of ballets created for this company, we can mention “Le Mandarin merveilleux”, “King Lear – Prospero”, “À propos de Shéhérazade”, “Le Presbytère...”, “MutationX”, “La Route de la soie”, “Le Manteau”, “Enfant-Roi” and “La Lumière des eaux et Lumière”. Director of theatre (“La Reine verte”, “Casta Diva”, “Cinq Nô modernes” and “A-6-Roc”) and opera (“Salomé”, “La Traviata” and “Don Giovanni”), filmmaker (“Bhakti”, “Paradoxe sur le comédien...”), Maurice Béjart also published several books (novels, memoirs, diaries, theatre plays). In 2007, just when he turned eighty, the choreographer created “La Vie du danseur racontée par Zig et Puce”. Maurice Béjart went on to create “Le Tour du monde en 80 minutes”, his last work, and passed away in Lausanne on 22 November 2007.
Source : Maison de la Danse show program
More information : bejart.ch
Choreography : Maurice Béjart
Interpretation : Le ballet du XXème siècle & Duska Sifnios
Original music : Maurice Ravel
Live music : Orchestre du TRM, direction André Van Der Noot
Video conception : Montage : J.Bruyninckx
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Pierre Levie
Duration : 17'
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