The IXth Symphony
La IX ème Symphonie
This transposition of Beethoven’s work into choreography has no vision, goal or claim other than the music which carries and nurtures it, and is the only reason for its existence. Here, dance merely follows the slow progression of the composer who moves from anxiety to joy, from darkness to light. This is not a question of a ballet, in the sense we know it, tacked onto a score which is one of the pinnacles of music, but of a profound human interest in a work which is part of mankind, and which here is not only played and sung, but danced, in the same way as greek tragedy, or any early collective religious event.
Source: Maurice Béjart
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
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La IX ème Symphonie
Artistic direction / Conception : Maurice Béjart
Choreography : Maurice Béjart
Interpretation : Lothar Höfgen, Lise Pinet, Duska Sifnios, Paolo Bortoluzzi, Tania Bari, Jorge Lefèbre, Cristyne Lawson, Jorge Donn, Laura Proença, Eisaku Udagawa, Germinal Casado, Jaleh Kerendi, Marie-Claire Carrié, Vitorrio Biagi, Mathlida Beauvoir
Text : Friedrich Nietzsche, Friedrich von Schiller
Additionnal music : Ludwig Van Beethoven, Citypercussion - Thierry Hochstätter et jB Meier (prologue)
Lights : Joëlle Roustand, Roger Bernard
Costumes : Joëlle Roustand, Roger Bernard
Settings : Joëlle Roustand, Roger Bernard