"Zarathusta is the Coronation of my Career!"
Says Choreographer Maurice Béjart
probably is the most famous choreographer in
Maurice Béjart presents new ballet Zarathustra is based on
German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's work
Entitled Zarathoustra. Le chant de la danse aka Zarathustra. the song of the dance the scarcely two-hour ballet for 50 dancers is based on works of Friedrich Nietzsche's, particularly his book "thus spoke Zarathustra". Béjart called the work the coronation of his occupation of many years with the German philosopher - the premiere public followed this opinion. When the 78 year old Béjart stepped on the stage, he was cheered by a standing ovation of approximately 2400 spectators which lasted several minutes.
In "Zarathustra" , Béjart seems to have united all constant themes of his work with topics such as love, death and war. His work moves technically between the classical period and avant-garde. With this piece Béjart considers he has achieved his vision of "total theatre", in which language, music, dance and direction join a complete work flow together.
Little if not nothing to do with the teachings of the historical namesake and religious prophet Zoroaster known as Zartosht in Persian, Nietzsche's "Zarathustra" is considered as a controversial yet important philosophical work of the late 19th century. Scholars are divided as to exact interpretation of Nietzsche's work. Some see him as a promoter of the totalitarian ideas of the 20th century, others consider him as a critic of religious thought.
Zarathustra has also been subject to several other music compositions prior to Nietzsche. The French composer Rameau wrote an opera called "Zoroastre" and the free-thinking Mozart used a variant of the name for his character Sarastro in "The Magic Flute;" Sarastro is the priest of the Sun and Light who defeats the Queen of the Night. But it is certainly the German composer Richard Strauss, who inspired by the Nietzsche work, wrote Also Sprach Zarathustra by Strauss the tone-poem of the same name, which became famous in 1968 as the theme for the Stanley Kubrick's film 2001 - 'A Space Odyssey. '
Maurice Béjart Ballet performs at Roudaki Hall
But Béjarts claims his work is not only a tribute to Nietzsche's and the dance, but also an hymn at Richard Wagner and Ludwig van Beethoven. Nietzsche's, and Wagner were friends had the German philosopher praised music as the ultimate art form. "I call Wagner the largest benefactor of my life." Say's Béjart. His ballets also contains works of Italian composer Vivaldi as well as Iranian music pieces.
Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi of
Maurice Béjart concludes his Ballets, not by quoting Nietzsche, but Beethoven in
what looks like also a tribute to one of
Future Performances of Zarathustra:
FRANCE: on 2nd - 6th of May 2006 Palais des Sports Tickets www.ticketnet.fr Paris
About the Author: Darius KADVIAR is a Freelance Journalist born to a French Mother and Iranian Father.
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