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Choreographer Bejart mourned.

GENEVA: French choreographer MAURICE BEJART, considered one of the great figures in contemporary ballet, died yesterday in a Swiss hospital at the age of 80.

Bejart, a former dancer, had been in and out of hospital in recent months, suffering from exhaustion as well as kidney and heart problems.

"He died early this morning at Lausanne hospital," Bejart Ballet Lausanne spokeswoman Roxanne Aybek said.

In 1987, Bejart moved along with most of the dancers in his 20th Century Ballet from Brussels to Lausanne, Switzerland. The lakeside city offered better conditions and subsidies to the troupe, which he was still directing at the time of his death. Its 35 dancers are in rehearsals for a new production called Around the World in 80 Minutes.

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Date:May 1, 2008
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