Experience the Béjart Ballet Lausanne in four masterpieces by the French choreographer and ballet company founder Maurice Béjart in the magical setting of the château de Versailles.
The evening begins with the lapping Mediterranean waves of Seven Greek Dances. Groups of dancers alternate between pas de deux and solos set to the joyfully twirling melodies of Greek traditional music.
Next the dancer Elisabet Ros transforms into the heroine of Alexandre Dumas' La Dame aux Camélias in Étude pour une Dame aux Camélias. "She was my LADY and I dream of her as a flower, 'a Camélia'! I will die, but I do not want her to die. Dream, Shadow, Imagination, ideal woman, I search for her and I will die searching, she who will perhaps also soon die! My Lady… of camellias." – Maurice Béjart.
The little known and rarely performed Bhakti III is then performed by Béjart Ballet Lausanne, transporting us to the captivating India of the the gods Shakti and Shiva.
B for Béjart, B for Boléro: the evening closes with Maurice Béjart's definitive masterpiece! Following in the footsteps of Duska Sifnios, Maïa Plissetskaïa, Marie-Agnès Gillot, and many others, the dancer Julien Favreau brings this showpiece of the repertoire to life.
Photo: A Scene from the 2014 Orangery Nights production © Lauren Pasche
Svetlana Zakharova (Nikiya), Vladislav Lantratov (Solor), Maria Alexandrova (Gamzatti) – Corps de Ballet of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia