The Ballet Nice Méditerranée, directed by Eric Vu-An, presents a program full of meaning, focused on the immortal pieces of the greatest French choreographers of the 20th Century, Maurice Béjart and Roland Petit: Cantate 51 by Bach and L’Arlésienne.
Cantate 51 by Maurice Béjart on the scores of Johann Sebastian Bach, "...shows the topic of the Annunciation. The angel appears to Mary and predicts the birth of a child, the divine incarnation that excites the universe transfigured like this music that overcomes the human” (Maurice Béjart).
L’Arlésienne, based on a novel by Alphonse Daudet and a real event (the suicide of Frédéric Mistral’s nephew), has to honour Jan Cocteau text that inspired Roland Petit in making his best masterpiece ever – Le Jeune homme et la mort – where, again, a young artist commits suicide because he was refused by his love. What really impresses from the first seconds of the ballet is the gravity that impregnates it: the dancers, totally dressed in white and black, perform a group choreography that is marked, clear, almost Martian-like. Roland Petit clarifies the tone of the entire piece, as follows: “It is a heartbroken love drama and not a regionalist portrait studded by powerful dances.”
Maurice Béjart rimontata da Éric Vu-An
Johann Sebastian Bach
Premiere: 24th December 1969, Ballet du XXe siècle, Bruxelles. The Cantata 51 performance will take place in agreement with the Fondazione Maurice Béjart and it has been produced in compliance with the laws set by the Fondazione.
Roland Petit based on the text by Alphonse Daudet
lights and technical supervision