Press Release: Ballet For Life returns to Japan in 2020


Ballet for Life Japan visual

Ballet for Life,
created by the late visionary choreographer Maurice Béjart, returns to Japan in live performances by the Béjart Ballet Lausanne in May 2020. Béjart choreographed the ballet to the music of Queen and Mozart, with costumes by Gianni Versace to celebrate the lives and talents of legendary performers Freddie Mercury and Maurice Béjart’s former principal dancer, Jorge Donn, both of whom died of AIDS at the age of 45. The ballet was first performed in 1997 in Paris, in the presence of Madame Chirac, Elton John and the three surviving members of Queen, John Deacon, Brian May and Roger Taylor.

Ballet for Life has long been loved by the fans in Japan since its Japan premiere by the Béjart Ballet Lausanne in 1998, and it will be the ballet’s fifth tour to the country. Fans in Japan and beyond simply cannot miss this great opportunity!

‘I hope all our fans and friends will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity once again to see the most incredible and original ballet built around the music of Mozart and Queen, by ballet’s most audacious creator, our sadly missed great friend Maurice Béjart.’
Brian May

Presented by Japan Performing Arts Foundation

Ballet for Life by the Béjart Ballet Lausanne – Japan Performances 2020
13 May (Wed) 19:00 – Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo
14 May (Thur) 14:00 – Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo
14 May (Thur) 19:00 – Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo
21 May (Thur) 18:30 – NTK Hall, Nagoya
23 May (Sat) 15:00 – Hyogo Performing Arts Center, Nishinomiya
26 May (Tue) 18:30 – Sapporo Cultural Arts Theater, Sapporo
29 May (Fri) 19:00 – Takasaki City Theatre, Takasaki
31 May (Sun) 15:00 – Kawaguchi LILIA, Kawaguchi

■Ticket presales for the Tokyo performances will be available on Wednesday 18 December. For more information, please visit

■To find more about the performances in Nagoya, Nishinomiya, Sapporo, Takasaki and Kawaguchi, please visit each theatre’s website.

Youtube trailer:

Ballet for Life/Béjart Ballet Lausanne Japan Tour 2020