The French choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot created his own version of the celebrated legend of Faust in 2007. He did this after the example of Maurice Béjart, who passed away the same year that this Faust was born and to whose memory the work is dedicated. A brilliant twist by Jean-Christophe Maillot was the addition of a fourth protagonist: La Mort (Death). Maillot's 'Faust' won him the prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse for best choreography in 2008.
Franz Liszt conceived his Eine Faust Symphonie, which he completed in 1880, as a mythical triptych. Each of the three parts revolves around the psychological portrait of one of the main characters. Jean-Christophe Maillot asked his composer-brother Bertrand Maillot to write a prologue that becomes an intriguing introduction to Liszt's orchestral masterpiece.