After more than 100,000 viewers across the world watched Béjart Ballet Lausanne’s first set of free, streamed performances, the company’s digital season is to continue with five more feature-length films from April 30 on it’s website, www.bejart.ch.
The next five ballets include Maurice Béjart’s Piaf, an homage to the French singer that features an exclusively male ensemble in solo and group dances to eight of her most famous songs. Present artistic director Gil Roman will show Kyôdaï, a violent story of a love trio based on a short story by Jorge Luis Borges. Two further programmes will feature ballets by guest choreographers Giogio Madia, Julio Arozarena and Yuka Oishi; and a documentary by Arantxa Aguirre, The Béjart Ballet Lausanne On China Tour from 2013 will also be shown.
On-stage, the COVID-19 pandemic has put an end to the Béjart Ballet Lausanne’s season with all shows in Switzerland, at the Carcassonne Festival and the Chorégies d’Orange in France, and the tour of Japan, all cancelled.
In Germany, Hamburg Ballet has similarly announced the cancellation of all its remaining shows through to the summer, including its annual Nijinsky Gala.
Tanz Lucerner Theater
Also from Switzerland, from April 27, Tanz Luzerner Theater, the dance ensemble of Lucerne Theatre, will be presenting Dance on Mondays (Tanz am Montag), a series of new creations from the ensemble. Prior to that, on Saturday April 25, the company will be showing rehearsal clips from Dance 32: I am who I am who I am, with introductions from choreographers Jasmine Morand, Caroline Finn and Ella Rothschild.
Béjart Ballet Lausanne’s schedule
Swan Song by Giorgio Madia, and Eclats by Julio Arozarena
From Thursday April 30 to Sunday May 3, 2020
Piaf by Maurice Béjart
From Thursday May 7 to Sunday May 10, 2020
Kyôdaï by Gil Roman
From Thursday May 14 to Sunday May 17, 2020
The Béjart Ballet Lausanne In China Tour, a documentary directed by Arantxa Aguirre
From Thursday May 21 to Sunday May 24, 2020
Ku by Yuka Oishi
From Thursday May 28 to Sunday May 31, 2020