The illustrious dancer and choreographer has run the Béjart Ballet
Lausanne since 1987. Born in Marseilles in 1927, Maurice Béjart was
trained as a classical dancer before touring with the International Ballet in London in 1946. In 1949, he discovered choreographic expressionism with the Cullberg Ballet in Sweden.
In 1955, Maurice Béjart tried his hand at choreography and created Symphonie pour un homme seul (Symphony for a man alone). He met crowning success with his production of Stravinsky'sRite of Spring in 1959. The following year he founded the Ballet du XXe siècle (Ballet of the Twentieth Century) at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. He traveled the world over with this troupe, producing such masterpieces as Ravel'sBolero and Stravinsky'sFirebird.
In 1987, Maurice Béjart settled in Lausanne and created the Béjart Ballet Lausanne. He toured his troupe around
the world to such places as Tokyo, Berlin, Rio, Paris and Cairo, producing creations
touched with cultural cosmopolitanism. In 1992, he opened the Rudra studio-school
of dance in Lausanne.
In 1996, the world of dance celebrated the choreographer's seventieth birthday
in Lausanne'sMétropole reception hall. In addition to his artistic creations, Maurice Béjart
has devoted himself to theater production and writing. He published his first
Ballet des Mots in 1994. Maurice Béjart is considered a real
asset to Lausanne, for he organizes
an annual dance contest that has made the city famous with dance-lovers around