In the February 1973 issue of Dance Magazine, one year before he received a Dance Magazine Award, we had a lengthy conversation with Maurice Béjart about his process.
The controversial French choreographer likened seeing one of his works to meeting a new person, saying, "When we first meet, we show each other only facades; each of us is hidden deep behind the exterior and must be sought out, to be truly known.
"And some of us look more deeply into things, and into persons, than others.
"For me, the glittering exterior is never enough; the inner thing must have meaning. Otherwise it is like a prettily wrapped box, but with no present inside."