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.

Maillot focuses on the triangle relationship between the devil Mephistopheles, Marguerite – as the ideal image of both inward and outward beauty –­ and Faust, whose ultimate knowledge proves worthless in the face of death. The diabolical rules of the game may have been set, but fate proves stronger than any other force. His Faust is a grand masterpiece of exceptional beauty in which the psychology of each character is at the core. It's a fascinating choreography about the struggle between good and evil, that is more relevant than ever.

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.

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Jean-Christophe Maillot
Dominic Grier
Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
Ballet Vlaanderen

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