About Michel Béjar
Michel Bejar was born in Lyon and studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieure de Musique et de Danse de Lyon. On graduation he joined the Jeune Ballet de France VI and in 1989 the Badishes Staats Theater Karlsruhe under the direction of Germinal Casado. He was promoted to demi-soloist and performed leading roles in several ballets from the company repertoire including works by
G. Casado, G. Balanchine, Th.Malandain.
He joined the Ballet de l'Opéra National du Rhin in 1996 under the direction of Jean-Paul Gravier (1996-98) and B.D'At (1998-02). Under these two Directors, he performed a large repertoire of solo roles including works by,
K. Jooss, I. Kramer, G. Balanchine, M. Béjart, D. Bombana, C. Brumachon,
L. Childs, B. D'At, B. Massin, W. Forsythe, J. Kylian, I. Favier, J. Stromgren, U. Shultz,
G. Tetley, H. Van Mannen, M. Kéléménis.
After seven successful years, he decided to leave the company to join the Ballet de l'Opéra de Nice where he created his first choreographic work « L'Exutoire »
Whilst a member of the Ballet d'Europe in 2003 he obtained his degree of ballet teacher and started to coach and teach. He also increased his output of choreographic works through workshops organized and performed by the company.
In 2006 he began his freelance career by teaching in different companies and taking part in a variety of projects as performer, choreographer and teacher all over the world.
He choreographed a piece at the Shanghai International Dance Festival and collaborated with Germaine Acogny at the French Cultural Center in Dakar.
Invited to take part in a workshop at the National Conservatory of Ljubjana and the Chung-Ang University of South Korea, he further developed his choreographic skills.
In 2008, the artistic director at the Royal Swedish Ballet offered him a position of Ballet Master in his artistic team. Since then, Michel Béjar has been responsible for many ballets from the company's repertoire.
In March 2012 he collaborates with Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal during their European tour and just after he became Ballet Master at the Aalto Ballett Essen, where he worked with Ohade Naharin, David Dawson, Patrick Delcroix and Jiri Kylian
In 2014, he created the ballet “Plaisirs”, based on Versaille's “Fête des Plaisirs” on the Aalto Theater season's gala evening.
In the summer 2016 Michel Béjar started his freelance activities being part of several artistic projects as Choreographic assistant, guest teacher, stage director and choreographer.
He staged "La Traviata" for the Opus Opéra Festival in 2017. He has been as well the choreographic assistant of Emio Greco and Pieter Scholten for the creation "Non Solo Medea" with the Ballet National de Marseille, performed in Pompei and Vaison la Romaine during the summer 2018.
Stjin Celis trusted him to restage his Cinderella at the Aalto Ballett Essen in the winter 2019.
In fall 2020 he created for the National Theater of Silesia and Moravia, Czech Republic is own version of the ballet “Corsair” with a complet new version, dramaturgy, costumes, lights and music.