Béjart, Maurice

(1927- )
   dancer, choreographer
   Born Maurice Berger in Marseille, Maurice Béjart, as he is known, made his debut at the opéra de Marseille (1945) and, with Jean Laurent, founded the Ballets de l'Étoile (1954), which later became the Ballet-Théâtre de Paris (1957). He was named ballet director of the Théâtre royal de la Monnaie in Brussels (1960-87) and led the Ballet du xxe siècle (1960-80), which became the Béjart Ballet Lausanne in 1987. Dissatisfied with the traditional and academic ballet forms that he considered to be outdated, Béjart, as a director as well as a dancer, encouraged a renewal of dance based on the great stories of Western civilization (Faust, Tristan, Don Juan) and of Eastern sources, too. He produced works that were original or based on his research into mythology, with the goal of combining song and the spoken word with dance, to produce, in his words, "ceremony for the greatest number" (Symphonie pour un homme seul, music by pierre henry and pierre schaeffer, 1955; Le Sacre du printemps, 1955; La Damnation de Faust, 1964; Messe pour temps présent, 1967; À la recherche de..., 1968; Le Marteau sans maître, music by pierre boulez 1973; Gaîté parisienne, 1978; Éros Thanatos, 1980). Béjart was named to the Academy of Fine Arts in 1995.

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  • Béjart, Maurice — orig. Maurice Jean Berger born Jan. 1, 1927, Marseille, Fr. French born Belgian dancer, choreographer, and opera director. He studied in Paris, then toured with various companies before founding his own, Les Ballets de l Étoile (later Ballet… …   Universalium

  • Béjart, Maurice — (1927 )    Maurice Béjart, the pseudonym of Maurice Jean Berger, was born in Marseilles, France, on 1 January 1927. A dancer and choreographer, he studied in Paris and London and performed with the Ballet de l Étoile dance group in Paris in 1953 …   Historical Dictionary of Brussels

  • Béjart, Maurice — ► (n. 1928) Nombre artístico de Maurice Jean Berger, bailarín y coreógrafo francés. En 1954 inició en París los Ballets de L´Étoile, conocidos como Ballet Théâtre de Maurice Béjart. En 1970 fundó la escuela de danza y acción corporal Mudra. Son… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Béjart, Maurice — pseud. di Berger, Maurice …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

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  • Maurice Bejart — Maurice Béjart Pour les articles homonymes, voir Béjart, Maurice et Berger (homonymie). Maurice Béjart …   Wikipédia en Français

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  • Maurice-Jean Berger — Maurice Béjart, 1984 Maurice Béjart, ursprünglich: Maurice Jean Berger (* 1. Januar 1927 in Marseille; † 22. November 2007 in Lausanne) war ein französischer Balletttänzer und Choreograf. Béjart gilt als ein Erneuerer des neoklassizistischen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Maurice Bejart — Maurice Béjart, 1984 Maurice Béjart, ursprünglich: Maurice Jean Berger (* 1. Januar 1927 in Marseille; † 22. November 2007 in Lausanne) war ein französischer Balletttänzer und Choreograf. Béjart gilt als ein Erneuerer des neoklassizistischen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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