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Julia Matheson

25-10-99, 01:08 PM (GMT)
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"Maurice Bejart"
 
   I really would like to know what people have against Bejart! To declare an interest - I have worked with him for television in the past and I do like him very much personally, but I also love a great deal of his work. It is incredibly successful theatrically, I think.

I have seen his company in this country and abroad since the Seventies, in some of the most marvellous full length ballets - Notre Faust, Le Moliere Imaginaire, to name but two - and in interesting shorter pieces. Of course, not everything is a masterpiece - nor is everyhting by Ashton or MacMillan or Petipa - but for me he has a very good strike rate!

His dancers always look beautiful. I once flew back from New York, after seeing the New York City Ballet, straight to see Bejart in Paris - the contrast made me realise just why I loved the Bejart Company and just why I felt totally European!

It seems that this anti-Bejart thing is virtually totally also an Anglo-Saxon thing - it is only in England and America that the critical vitriol flows! And yet, at least in England, the audiences on the whole are very enthusiastic.

I am genuinely interested to hear from people as to what the reasons may be.


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Marie Madelaine

25-10-99, 02:39 PM (GMT)
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   I'm interested in the replies to this as well. I really enjoyed what little I've gotten to see of Bejart's company. Unfortunately, it's all been on videotape. I didn't really know there *was* such an anti-Bejart sentiment until I started reading this site regularly.


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patricia meja

25-10-99, 05:15 PM (GMT)
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   Can't say I share in any anti-Bejart sentiment as I like a great deal of his work.


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