18 Jan 2024
Béjart Ballet Lausanne 2024 Japan Tour (September - October 2024)
We are delighted to announce that the Béjart Ballet Lausanne returns to Japan for the 19th time, and for the first time since 2021.

In Tokyo, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne will present two programs: Wien, Wien, nur du Allein and a mixed program. Choreographed by Maurice Béjart, Wien, Wien, nur du Allein was premiered in 1982 by the legendary dancers including Jorge Donn, Marcia Haydée of the Stuttgart Ballet and a young Gil Roman, and its Japan premiere in 1985 caused a great sensation. After a long absence, the ballet was revived to critical acclaim by Artistic Director Gil Roman with a new décor in 2022 in Lausanne. Details for the mixed program will be announced at a later date.

Another monumental work by Maurice Béjart Ballet for Life set to the music of the British rock band Queen and Mozart, a long-loved ballet also in Japan, comes to Nishinomiya and Sapporo, following the show-stopping performances on the Company's last Japan tour in 2021.

Wien, Wien, nur du Allein
Choreography Maurice Béjart
Music Johann Strauss II, Arnold Schönberg, Joseph Haydn, Anton Webern, Franz Schubert, Richard Heuberger, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Mayer, Ludwig van Beethoven, Alban Berg
Set and costume Nuno Côrte-Real
New concept - Sets Magali Baud
Costume creation Henri Davila
Lighting design Dominique Roman

Performance Dates and Venue
Saturday 21 September 2024 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Sunday 22 September 2024 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Monday 23 September 2024 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

Wien, Wien, nur du Allein   photo: BBL - Marc Ducrest

Mixed Program
Performance Dates and Venue
Friday 27 September 2024 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Saturday 28 September 2024 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Sunday 29 September 2024 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

Ballet for Life
Choreography Maurice Béjart
Music Queen, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Costume design Gianni Versace
Lighting design Clément Caryol
Video editing Germaine Cohen

Performance Dates and Venue
Wednesday 2 October 2024 @Hyogo Performing Arts Center (Nishinomiya, Hyogo)
Sunday 6 October 2024 @Sapporo Cultural Arts Theater hitaru (Sapporo, Hokkaido)

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Ballet for Life  photo: Hasegawa Kiyonori

Japan Performing Arts Foundation (NBS)

*Tour information is as of 18 January 2024.