Béjart Ballet Lausanne extends its BBL At Home season

Since it launched a series of ballet films online at the beginning of the coronavirus confinement on March 16, Béjart Ballet Lausanne has been streaming a ballet or documentary every week for free on its website, www.bejart.ch.

The season has been hugely successful with footage of the company’s repertoire, including ballets by Maurice Béjart, Gil Roman and guest choreographers being viewed almost 400,000 times around the world.

But just when it seemed like the season had finished, the company has announced it will offer a final series of films from June 4 to June 28.

From Thursday, June 4 to Sunday, June 7, 2020
Histoire D’Eux, by Tony Fabre.
Brel et Barbara (excerpts), by Maurice Béjart.
The Choreographer – A portrait of Maurice Béjart, a documentary by France Brel (2006).

From Thursday, June 11 to Sunday, June 14, 2020
The Ninth Symphony, by Maurice Béjart, to the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, which was originally planned to have been performed live this month.

From Thursday, June 18 to Sunday, June 21, 2020
Ballet for Life, by Maurice Béjart (not available in Italy, Japan, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States due to broadcasting restrictions).
Queen+Béjart: Ballet for Life, a documentary by Lynne Wake (2018).

From Thursday, June 25 to Sunday, June 28, 2020
Gil Roman – I come from dance, I come from there, produced by Association Plans Fixes, interview conducted by the Swiss journalist and author Patrick Ferla.
An American Swan in Paris, a documentary by Arantxa Aguirre, which follows company member Kathleen Thielhelm, called at the last minute to substitute for a dancer who is ill and perform on the opening night at the Palais Garnier in Paris.

Lincoln Center at Home & School of American Ballet

Following the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor, Lincoln Center and The School of American Ballet have postponed the streaming of the SAB Workshop Performance Celebration which had been scheduled to for Monday, June 1, to Friday, June 5.

SAB say, “At this time of national strife and soul searching, the focus of our School has turned to reflection and purposeful solidarity with the Black community. We will revisit our plans for the Virtual Workshop Performance Celebration at a more appropriate time in the coming months.”