Maurice Béjart’s compelling staging of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony has been enchanting audiences worldwide since its inception and its idea of universal brotherhood remains highly topical.Tickets on sale from 10am Wed 26 Jan (Friends), and 10am Thu 27 Jan (General Public)
“Alle Menschen werden Brüder” (All men will be brothers) is the powerful message communicated by the unforgettable music and choreography.
From the stage of the NHK Hall in Tokyo 250 dancers and musicians send this message out into the world. “It is a ‘manifestation’, in the deepest sense of the word.” Maurice Béjart.
Although the ballet was planned purely as an interpretation of Beethoven’s music, Béjart added texts from Nietzsche, Schiller and others to the programme notes. These texts underline the major theme of universal brotherhood, a union of races and peoples culminating with the 4th movement’s ‘Ode to Joy’ and that “All men become brothers”.
Conductor Zubin Mehta
Director - Gil Roman
Choreographer - Maurice Béjart
Cast Béjart Ballet Lausanne | The Tokyo Ballet | Kristin Lewis | Mihoko Fujimura | Kei Fukui | Alexander Vinogradov | Gil Roman | Jean-Bruno Meier | Thierry Hochstätter
Ballet in one act Sung in French & German with English Subtitles
Recorded 8 Nov 2014
88m no interval
Tickets £15 (Friends £12.50)