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Maurice Bejart

Born in Marseille, Béjart studied at the Marseilles Opera Ballet School, with teachers in Paris and London. He performed at Mona Inglesby's International Ballet in London, the Cullbert Ballet, and the Royal Swedish Ballet.  He created his own company, Ballet of the 20th Century, and was based in Brussels from 1960 to 1987. Prior to this, in the 1940s, Béjart freelanced in choreography. 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.

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