Jean Maurice Cébron
Born : 29th April 1927 - Paris, France
Died : 1st February 2019 - Frehel, France
Jean danced “The Ambiguous Monster” for Meher Baba in the Barn at the Meher Spiritual Center, Myrtle Beach, Sth. Carolina in 1958.
Jean was living in New York City at that time.
A special thank you to Dru Swinson for her assistance in this research,
Dancer, choreographer and educator Jean Cébron passed away on February 1 at the age of 94. After Kurt Jooss, he was probably the most style-defining dance teacher at the Folkwang School for decades. His students include well-known dance personalities such as Reinhild Hoffmann, Susanne Linke, Urs Dietrich and Lutz Förster.
Cébron studied first with his mother, Mauricette Cébron, a dancer
at the Paris Opera (1911–1936) and later a ballet .....
Born in Paris to a longtime soloist and instructor with the Paris Opera Ballet, Cébron (1927-2019) is remembered today primarily for his long tenure on the faculty of Germany’s Folkwang School. He was also an influential mentor to Pina Bausch, who performed at the Pillow as Cébron’s partner in 1968. Ten years before that, he made his U.S. debut at Jacob’s Pillow in the performance seen here, returning later to teach and choreograph in the Pillow’s University of the Dance. In the 1950s and 60s, he danced and created works for the Jooss Ballet and also toured widely with Lotte Goslar.
Jean Cébron worked as a dancer, e.g. in famous ballet pieces by Kurt Jooss and as a choreographer, who performed with Pina Bausch, among others, in the 1970s. The German Dance Film Institute has previously unpublished video material from Jean Cébron's lessons, from performances by the Folkwang School from the 1990s and from his work with the Bremen Dance Theater from the 1980s under Reinhild Hoffmann.
Peter Saul, Viola Farber, Jean Cebrun, Marie Adair, Joe Fabian, Tex Hightower, Skipper Damon, Bunty Kelley, Naomi Westervelt, Cynthia Mays and Zebra Nevins all performed for Baba. They danced several numbers for him, both solos and duets. It was as if the walls of the Barn faded away, and the space expanded. Another dancer, Donald Mahler, had come from Canada and served as stagehand. After one number set in the 1920s, Skipper Damon gave Baba her cloche hat, and he put it on. Baba embraced Margaret and each of the dancers, and also Don Stevens. He said, "I am pleased by this performance of my lovers, done with love for me."
Margaret Craske afterwards told them they had never danced as well as they danced that afternoon.
Lord Meher ; on-line page 4397
For the most part during his stay at the Center, it was five of the dancers who had the privilege of carrying Baba's lift-chair: Jean Cebrun, Joe Fabian, Peter Saul, Donald Mahler and Tex Hightower. When Baba was about to sit in the car, one tried to help him out of the chair. Baba would always manage to throw the man off balance whenever he tried to help Baba, and Baba would also tweak the person's ear. That day at the beach, the women also took a turn in carrying their Beloved.
Lord Meher ; on-line page 4413