Maurice Ravel – Bolero – choreographed by Maurice Béjart – performed by Maya Plisetskaya (1975)

Maya Plisetskaya’s dance set to Ravel’s Bolero is a stunning theatrical experience. There is something hypnotic about the rocking motion she sustains from start to finish, as though all that dance requires is the simple moving of weight from one foot to another. One woman, 40 men: is there something about the situation that is too hostile? Too aggressively sexual? What if it were one man and 40 women? Now a version with all men (and Jorge Donn in Plisetskaya’s role) – what role does subject matter (in this case, sex and gender as subject matter) play in a work of art? [Source]

Ravel: Bolero
Maurice Béjart
Maya Plisetskaya
Ballet del Siglo XX
1975



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