Queen + Béjart: Ballet For Life

This film marks the ultimate fusion of Queen’s sweeping emotional melodies and the timeless ethereal grace and movement of ballet. It is the first and only time a full-length ballet has been paired to rock music albeit peppered with some equally well-known pieces from Mozart.

Opening Night / North American Premiere

Ballet for Life was a unique collaboration between three huge cultural brands: Queen, Versace, and the visionary choreographer Maurice Béjart. At its heart is the loss of two legendary performers, Freddie Mercury and dancer Jorge Donn, both of whom died of AIDS in the early 1990s.

SFDFF invites you to join us in celebrating the North American premiere of Queen + Béjart: Ballet For Life by Lynne Wake and Simon Lupton, which tells the story of the creation and subsequent success of the ballet featuring the great and the good of both rock and ballet, including: Brian May and Roger Taylor, and Adam Lambert, Wayne Sleep and Arlene Philips, and of course incredible archive footage of Freddie Mercury, Maurice Béjart, Queen, and Gianni Versace.

This film marks the ultimate fusion of Queen’s sweeping emotional melodies and the timeless ethereal grace and movement of ballet. It is the first and only time a full-length ballet has been paired to rock music albeit peppered with some equally well-known pieces from Mozart.

Additional Info: Screening will be followed by a Q&A with special guests, and a reception for all ticketholders at TIDES FOUNDATION in the Presidio.

Highlights: Director Lynne Wake, editor Christopher Bird, orginal cast member/dancer Erik Wagner will be in attendance. Moderated by SF Chronicle’s Arts & Culture Writer Tony Bravo.

opening night

November 2, 2019 6:00 pm

Lucasfilm Premier Theater

$21 - $75

Documentary

Runtime: 58 minutes

Co-Presenter:

Chronicle, Queen + Bejart, SFDFF 2019

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