Dance: On from Iconoclasm

"Be-jart! Be-jart!" thundered the audience in Brussels' Royal Circus. And right there and beating time to the chants, were Belgium's King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola. For French Choreographer Maurice Béjart, 37, the royal welcome was sweet relief from the catcalls, fistfights and lawsuits that have swirled in the wake of his iconoclastic creations of the last few years. Last week's premiere was his most ambitious production yet: a ballet to the music of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

For the epic undertaking, Béjart amassed more than 200 musicians and singers on the circular stage with 80 dancers from 24 nations, ranging from Japan...

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