8th June 2024

Ballet for Life Returns Live to Japan in Autumn 2024

Ballet for Life, an evergreen masterpiece created by choreographic giant Maurice Béjart, returns to Japan in live performances by the Béjart Ballet Lausanne in September 2024, following the Company’s triumphant tour in 2021 which deeply encouraged the audiences during the time of pandemic. 

Béjart choreographed the ballet to the music of Queen and Mozart, with costumes by Gianni Versace, to honour the lives and talents of legendary performers Freddie Mercury and Maurice Béjart’s former principal dancer Jorge Donn, both of whom died of AIDS at the age of 45. The ballet was first performed in 1997 in Paris, in the presence of Madame Chirac, Elton John and the three surviving members of Queen, John Deacon, Brian May and Roger Taylor.

Ballet for Life has long been loved by the fans in Japan since its Japan premiere by the Béjart Ballet Lausanne in1998, and it will be the ballet’s sixth tour to the country. Fans in Japan and beyond simply cannot miss this great opportunity!

‘I hope all our fans and friends will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity once again to see the most incredible and original ballet built around the music of Mozart and Queen, by ballet’s most audacious creator, our sadly missed great friend Maurice Béjart.’ - Brian May

Presented by Japan Performing Arts Foundation (NBS)

For tickets: https://www.nbs.or.jp/english/stages/2024/bejart/top.html

For any inquiries, contact [email protected]

Ballet for Life by Béjart Ballet Lausanne – Japan Performances 2024

Sat. 21 September 13:30 - Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo

Sun. 22 September 13:30 - Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo

Sun. 22 September 18:00 - Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo

Mon. 23 September 13:30 - Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo

Wed. 2 October 17:00 - Hyogo Performing Arts Center, Nishinomiya https://www1.gcenter-hyogo.jp/english/

Sun. 6 October 14:00 - Sapporo Cultural Arts Theater, Sapporo


Ticket presales for the Tokyo performances begin on Monday 10 June 2024. For more information, please visit: 

https://www.nbs.or.jp/english/stages/2024/bejart/top.html (English)

https://www.nbs.or.jp/stages/2024/bejart/index.html (Japanese)

 - To find more about the performances in Nishinomiyaand Sapporo, please visit each theatre’s website.