Farah Pahlavi at Maurice Béjart 80th Birthday Party
GENEVA - Farah Pahlavi the former
Empress of Iran was among
the many guests at Januray 1st
celebrations in Switzerland to mark the 80th birthday
of one of the finest choreographers of the 20th century, Maurice Béjart. Béjart
made an important contribution to the Persian Ballet Repertoire in the 1960s and
1970s at the Roudaki Hall in Tehran, created under the supervision of the
empress, Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi.
Pahlavi and Maurice Béjart
Others present in the city
of Lausanne to
pay homage to the French-born artist on Saturday included Russian-born ballet
star Mikail Barashnykof, Soprano Julia Migenes sang "Happy Birthday" and actor
Jean-Claude Brialy gave a speech. Former director of the Opera National de Paris
dance school, Claude Bessy, joined choreographer John Neumeier and Farah
Pahlavi, to extend their best wishes. Maurice Bejart in the photo below thanks
Born Maurice-Jean de
Berger on January 1, 1927
in Marseille in the south of France, Bejart
staged 230 new ballet creations during a glittering career, many of them bold,
innovative and controversial in their conception.
choreographer, and opera director became particularly known for combining
classic ballet and modern dance with jazz, acrobatics, and musique concrete --
composition by tape recordings.
After studying in Paris, Bejart toured with
the Ballets de Paris with the great French classical dancer Roland Petit
(1947-49), then with the International Ballet (1949-50), and the Royal Swedish
Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi of Iran and Maurice Béjart
at the Shiraz Festival
His latest Ballet
is called Zarathoustra.
Le chant de la danse aka
Zarathustra. The song of the dance which played with great success throughout
Maurice Bejart's latest ballet, Zarathustra, triumphs in
Lausanne by Darius
KADVIAR is a Freelance Journalist, Media Consultant and Film Historian born to a
French Mother and Iranian Father.
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