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The death of brilliant French choreographer Maurice Béjart in 2007 was not only a loss for the world of dance, but was also traumatic for the company he founded in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1987. The forty dancers from five continents who made up the Béjart Ballet Lausanne were left without a leader, and the world-famous and very successful company had to nevertheless somehow survive.
Bejart made a significant contribution to the Persian Ballet Repertoire in the late '60s and '70s performing at the famous Roudaki Hall in Tehran, and his revisedversion of The Nutcracker, presumably inspired by his own life story -- and staged in 2000 -- is remembered for completely scrapping the original plot and adding the character of boy and his strange sexual fantasies.
Gil Roman, Bejart's favourite pupil, has now taken over the leadership of the company.