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NHK Hall Tokyo

The Ninth Symphony Ballet by Maurice Béjart

Ludwig van Beethoven

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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. “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”.



ConductorZubin Mehta

DirectorGil Roman

ChoreographerMaurice Béjart

CastBéjart Ballet Lausanne | The Tokyo Ballet | Kristin Lewis | Mihoko Fujimura | Kei Fukui | Alexander Vinogradov | Gil Roman | Jean-Bruno Meier | Thierry Hochstätter

Number of actsBallet in one act

Total running time88 mins

Sung inFrench | German

SubtitlesEnglish | French | German | Italian | Spanish

Date of performance2014-11-08

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