Paris Opera Ballet

Maurice Béjart

In Cinemas 22, 23 & 26 Jul 2023
Patrick Lange
Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris
The Firebird: Mathieu Ganio (Firebird), Florimond Lorieux (Phoenix Bird) / The Song of the Wandering Companion: Audric Bezard (Male soloist red), Florent Melac (Male soloist blue) / Boléro: Amandine Albisson (Soloist)
Igor Stravinsky, Gustav Mahler, Maurice Ravel
Maurice Béjart
1h27 including an interval
Captured live from Opéra Bastille, Paris, 25 May 2023
Official Event Listing

Ballet triple bill

The long partnership between the great Maurice Béjart and the Paris Opera Ballet provided more than twenty pieces to the company’s repertoire. In tribute to Béjart, who passed away fifteen years ago, the company perform three works that, fifty years on, still shine with the same choreographic and musical intensity!

For his ode to youth 'The Firebird' (1970), the choreographer took up Stravinsky’s powerful score bringing out its quintessence. 

'The Song of the Wandering Companion' (1971), an intimate work written for two male dancers to a song cycle by Mahler, reveals the rigour and grace of Béjart's language.

Set to Ravel’s eponymous score, the mythical 'Boléro' (1961) sees a principal performer - male or female – transported by the bewitching rhythms into an erotic and hypnotic dance, a vibrant call to life.

Paris Opera Ballet

The Paris Opera Ballet, rich in historical tradition, stages some 180 performances per season in Paris, the French regions and abroad. Over the years it has played host to many of the world’s greatest choreographers: George Balanchine, Serge Lifar, Rudolf Nureyev, Roland Petit, Maurice Béjart, and of course Pina Bausch.

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