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Gil Roman

Choreographer and art director of Béjart Ballet Lausanne

Trained by Marika Besobrasova, Rosella Hightower and José Ferran, Gil Roman joined Maurice Béjart's Ballet du XXe Siècle in 1979. For nearly thirty years, he performed some of ballet's best known choreographies. In 2007, Maurice Béjart chose Gil Roman to succeed him at the head of the Béjart Ballet Lausanne. Since 1995, his work as a choreographer has been creatively rich: L’habit ne fait pas le moine, Réflexion sur Béla, Échographie d'une baleine, Casino des Esprits, Aria, Syncope, Là où sont les oiseaux (world premiere at the China Shanghai International Arts Festival in 2011), and Anima blues. Since the latter, created in 2013, five other creations have been added to the list: 3 Danses pour Tony, Kyôdaï, Tombées de la dernière pluie, Impromptu... and t 'M et variations…, presented December 16, 2016, to kick off the 2017 commemorations – the 30th anniversary of the BBL’s creation and the 10th anniversary of Maurice Béjart’s death.

Gil Roman's career as a dancer spans over forty years and was honoured in 2005 with the Danza & Danza Award for Best Dancer for his performance of Jacques Brel in the ballet Brel et Barbara, then in 2006 with the prestigious Nijinsky Award awarded by the Monaco Dance Forum. In 2014, the Fondation Vaudoise pour la Culture awarded him the Prix du Rayonnement. In November of the same year, he received the special Award of the Shanghai International Arts Festival on his Asian tour of the IXe Symphonie. At the KKL in Lucen, he received the 2015 Maya Plisetskaya Award at a tribute evening to the great dancer who passed away in May of that year. In 2015, Gil Roman became a Knight of the National Order of Merit, one of France's highest honours.