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.