By Judith Mackrell for The Guardian
A choreographer who is game enough to make ballets about Charlie Chaplin, Che Guevara and the rock band Queen apparently has nothing to fear from the big subject. But with Mother Teresa and the Children of the World, Maurice Béjart has gone one historic name too far.
Even Béjart's fans had a hard time imagining how he would transform the tiny, wrinkled philanthropic legend into a dancing character, despite having 63-year-old ex-ballerina Marcia Haydée in the lead role. What we see on stage suggests less a saint than a ballet mistress. Though Haydée's first entrance is made on her knees, swabbing the floor with a towel, and at one point she dishes out rice to the hungry, she spends much of the piece watching her young cast (the titular Children of the World) drilling their bodies through a series of dance routines, when she is not showing off her own flexible limbs with some deep yoga stretches. click for more
Thanks to Anne Williams on ballet.co for finding this link: Charming dancers, glib steps
Ismene Brown for The Daily Telegraph reviews Compagnie M at the Peacock Theatre
The teenagers of Compagnie M are all beautiful - white, brown and black, international youngsters from the very best gene pools, and they wear white, because they are innocent. They leap, they meditate, they laugh in the lotus position, they shout at us to live and love, while the great ballerina Marcia Haydee scrubs the floor in her role as Mother Teresa.
Yes, it's one of those very special productions of Maurice Béjart, the grandmaster of grandiosity, whom London saw last time with his Versace/ Queen affair, Ballet for Life. Nowadays he has a yen for modesty and the purity of youth, hence Compagnie M, his latest group, of 15 teenaged graduates from his dance school in Lausanne, and his new muse, Mother Teresa, whose tiny, wizened feet he wishes to kiss. click for more
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