Maurice Béjart (1927 - 2007) is the French choreographer who runs the Béjart Ballet Lausanne in Switzerland.
He was born in Marseille, France and founded the Ballet de l'Etoile company in 1954. In 1960 he founded the Ballet du XXe Siècle in Brussels. In 1987 he moved to Lausanne in Switzerland, where he founded the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, one of the most famous and successful dance companies in the world.
Nureyev danced "Song of a wayfarer" and "Le Sacre du Printemps" but he never performed the Bolero.
After the death of Bortoluzzi, Donn and Nureyev – all three died of the same illness – Maurice Béjart didn’t want “Songs of the Wayfarer” to be danced any more. He only permitted it on the occasion of the gala organised at the Palais Garnier to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Nureyev’s death on January 20th 2003. Laurent Hilaire and Manuel Legris – both promoted “principal dancers” by Nureyev – were splendid performers, moving and inspired.