Choreographer Maurice Béjart stages new Ballet Zarathustra
Swiss Ballet choreographer Maurice Béjart ( one of the founders of the Roudaki Opera in Iran under the supervision of Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi in the late 60's see photos below) is staging in Lausanne Switzerland his latest new ballet on Zarathustra the persian prophet who inspired German writer/philosopher Nietzche . It will include music compositions of Wagner, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Offenbach as well as Iranian music.
Béjart has repeated in previous interviews and bio's that he was greatly influenced by a sufi musician during a visit in kurdistan in the early 70's. It was one of the reasons that led him to convert to Islam. Although a Mystic, the Swiss choreographer who has worked with such greats as Rudolf Nureyev said that since September 11th he felt shook in his personal beliefs.
Is his new ballet on Zarathustra an answer to his personal religious and artistic introspections or further questionings on faith?
Ballet viewers and specialists will decide ...
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