FR 17.10.2014, 7.30 PM

Béjart Ballet Lausanne

Ce que l’amour me dit | Le Sacre du printemps


Ce que l’amour me dit

Choreography by Maurice Béjart
Music by Gustav Mahler

Le Sacre du printemps

Choreography by Maurice Béjart
Music by Igor Strawinsky


It is around 1895 that Mahler composed his brilliant Third Symphony. At the time, he was much inspired by Nietzsche’s ideas and works, and this was very clear in his music.

Although never a fan of "labeled" music, Mahler fancied literary titles to his works. He first named this Symphony The Gay Science, after Nietzsche’s book, before renaming it A Midsummer’s Day Dream.

The same is true for each movement of the symphony, with names that he frequently changed before reaching a definitive version. This ballet uses the three last movements: the 4th, What Man tells me, is sung on a poem of "Zarathustra". The 5th, What the Angels tell me, is from a children song cycle, the "Knaben Wunderhorn". And the last movement, the great Adagio that tops the symphony was named by the composer: What love tells me.

Strange as it may seem, at the same time Richard Strauss was composing his symphonic poem "Also sprach Zarathustra". (Maurice Béjart, 1974)


"What is spring but this immense primitive force long slumbering under the coat of winter that suddenly breaks forth and lights up the world of plants, animals and humans?

Human love, in its physical aspect, symbolizes the very act by which the divinity created the Cosmos and the joy that it drew from this. At a moment in which the anecdotal borders of the human mind are gradually falling apart, we must reject all folklore that is not universal and only remember the essential forces of man, which are the same on all continents, under all latitudes, in all eras.

Let this ballet, stripped of all artifices of the picturesque, be the Hymn of this union of Man and Woman deep within their flesh, the union of sky and earth, the dance of life or death, as eternal as spring!" (Maurice Béjart)

  • Musical Direction: Donald Runnicles
  • Orchester, Chor und Kinderchor der Deutschen Oper Berlin

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FR 17.10.2014, 7.30 PM

(21-76 €)

1:40h, 1 Pause

Guest performance