By Darius KADIVAR Reports from
The Béjart Ballet in
Born on January 1st 1927 in
Béjart Historical Performances at Roudaki Hall in
One of the highlights of his contributions to Iranian Ballet (*) was the creation of two consecutive ballets during the Persepolis Celebrations of 1971. One based on the Golestan Sa'adi with Iranian musicians Nur Ali Brumand, Nourredin RAZAVI Sarvestan & Dariush TALA'I and another with the same musicians called Farah in tribute to the Shahbanou. The latter was once again used for Béjarts 1995 ballet Scherehazad. (See French review of Farah). Greatly influenced by his trip to
The choreographer greatly
contributed to his Art by offering visually spectacular performances and
turning it into a popular entertainment that was often at Odds with contemporary
critics of his time.
Iconic figure of Ballet throughout the 20th Century
©Béjart Ballet Lausanne
A Solitary but sociable character, Béjart is said not to be afraid of death " because it is the only certainty in everyone's life " he once confessed adding " I believe that death hits us all at the right time (...) maybe differently but certainly for the good reasons. "
All his 230
choreographies were based on his personal research and spiritual quest (
including religious since he converted to Islam in the early 70's). Oriental and
Asian philosophies, Cinema and Literature dominate his entire work. He expressed
his obsessions about love, death, travels, solitude of mankind and the great
myths of Western civilization and the universality of the human condition.
Good Friends of a Life Time ©FarahPahlavi.org
An ever perfectionist, he never
admitted to an entirely satisfying performance. He nevertheless signed some
undeniable ballets in his long career such as "Symphonie pour un homme seul" (1955), "Le Sacre du
Printemps" (1959), "Boléro" (1961), "L'Oiseau de feu" (1970), "Notre Faust"
(1975) or "Le Presbythere...!" (1997).
received great distinctions such as
"le Prix Allemand de la Danse" in 1994. He was knighted by the Empreror
of Japan in 1986 and was an honorary citizen of
Adieu Monsieur Béjart ©Béjart Ballet Lausanne
The World of Art and 20th Century Dance has certainly lost one of its greatest icons.
ADIEU MONSIEUR BEJART !
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About the Author: Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, Film Historian, and Media Consultant.
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