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Artistic direction Gil Roman

Four seasons after its last performance on the Opéra de Lausanne stage, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne is back for three exceptional evenings.

In the first part, the BBL performs, in its world premiere, the new creation of Gil Roman, entirely choreographed to the music of New York composer John Zorn.

Premiere at the Opéra de Lausanne, Avril 5th, 2019

Choreography Gil Roman
Music John Zorn
Scenario collaboration, design and production of videos Marc Hollogne
Costumes design Henri Davila
Lighting design Dominique Roman

John Zorn is one of the leading composers of contemporary American music. The density and diversity of his extraordinary work, which began in the mid-1970s, as well as the audacity and artistic freedom he expressed through his craft, never ceased to challenge and fascinate the artistic director of the Béjart Ballet Lausanne. It was written that a meeting between the avant-garde musician and the choreographer would happen...

January 2016, the Village, New York. The two artists exchange for the first time about their respective artistic experiences, cultural heritage, and desire to transcend it and free themselves from it in order to push back the boundaries of art. The conversation is meaningful, rich, and passionate. Naturally, Gil Roman shares with him his desire to use his music for one of his ballets. The appointment is set....

2018, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne studio, Lausanne. Facing a considerable body of work, Gil Roman immerses himself in the various compositions making up the universe that the brilliant multi-instrumentalist has explored from 1990 to 2017… Step by step, with a movement, a gesture, Gil Roman brings his dancers beyond the walls…



Creating at the Salle Métropole in Lausanne, December 10th, 2001

Choreography Maurice Béjart
Music Jacques Brel et Barbara
Costumes design Jean-Paul Knott
Lighting design Dominique Roman

For the last 35 years, my loyal friend and sister BARBARA has been telling me: “I am the black light!” So I created a choreography about L’Aigle Noir. She then played in a movie called Je suis né à Venise, in which she was given the lead role, a character called the Bright Night, while Jorge Donn interpreted the Sun.

I met BREL in Brussels, where I was living at the time with my dance company. He was starring in
Man of La Mancha at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie. He told me that “Someday, we will do something with Barbara and I”…

Maurice Béjart

Banner credit : © BBL – Lauren Pasche


Friday 5 April 2019, 8PM

Saturday 6 April 2019, 7PM
Sunday 7 April 2019, 5PM

Ticket price CHF 20.- to 110.-
Duration: 2h10 (one intermission included)

Gil Roman, Maurice Béjart's hand-picked successor, directs the company and upholds its repertoire, while contributing his own creative work or that of guest choreographers.