Maurice Béjart: Starting Off the Year with a Dance

Featured Image: Maurice Béjart. By Huster at French Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>, via Wikimedia Commons. January 1st  is the birth anniversary of Maurice Béjart, an innovative master of modern dance. In a world where there is both appreciation and fear of
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Leopold Sendar Senghor.

Who will teach rhythm to the world laid low by machines and cannons,
Who will shout with joy to wake up the dead and the orphans at the dawn?
Say, who will give back the memory of life to the man with eviscerated hopes?…
We are the men of the dance, whose feet regain force by drumming on the hard earth.
Senghor “Prayer to the Masks”