Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo 2023-2024 season
- Location: Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Grimaldi Forum Monaco
- Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo Company
After the show "C'est beau!"on 14 December 2023 at the Grimaldi Forum, a creation by the companies 6e Sens and Dk-BEL that includes people with disabilities, there will be "Sol Invictus" by Hervé Koubi and his hip-hop dancers on 15 and 16 December, and then the screening of "Carmen Jones" on 17 December, the spellbinding film by Otto Preminger.
The Monegasque troupe is celebrating the centenary of the birth of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III with one of the sovereign's favourite works: "L'Enfant et les Sortilèges" (The Child and the Spells), in an extraordinary creation bringing together nearly 240 artists from 20 to 23 December! Around New Year's Eve, it's Johan Inger's turn to take up the torch with his spellbinding ballet "Carmen", a retelling which won a "Benois de la danse" award. On tour around the world, the company is back in Monaco from 24 to 28 April for the choreographic and musical event "To the Point(e)".
The opportunity to bring together three works that blend tradition and modernity in the same evening: "Within the Golden Hour" by Christopher Wheeldon, "Vers un Pays sage" by Jean-Christophe Maillot and "Autodance" by the choreographer Sharon Eyal, who was keen to confront her repertoire with a company that has mastered pointe work.
The season comes to a close on 21 and 22 June with the exciting Princess Grace Academy's Gala, showcasing young talent who will go on to join major international companies.
Programme details at : SEASON 2023-2024 | Ballets de Monte-carlo
The inspiring story of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo under H.R.H. The Princess of Hanovre's Presidency.
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo: sharing excellence
Bringing together a dance company, a top-level school and a choreographic festival, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, under the guidance of Jean-Christophe Maillot help to develop talent, and create and promote the art of dance on the international stage.
The legacy of over a century of dance
To understand the historical links between the Principality and dance, we need to go back to 1909, the year Serge de Diaghilev founded Les Ballets Russes in Paris. Driven by an international vision, the impresario decided to spend every winter with his troupe in Monaco, surrounding himself with talents such as the dancer Vaslav Nijinsky, the choreographer George Balanchine and the composer Igor Stravinsky. Under the gilded ceiling of the Salle Garnier, creations such as "Shéhérazade", "Pétrouchka" and "Le Sacre du Printemps" were performed. An adventure that would revolutionise the art of performing and last for two decades! In keeping with this tradition, H.R.H. The Princess of Hanover founded Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo in 1985, soon to be joined by Jean-Christophe Maillot, who became the company's choreographer-director in 1993.
Between pointe and contemporary inspiration
"There is no place in the world that could have a company recruited mainly from abroad. This gives us an exceptional open attitude that enriches our creativity", enthuses Jean-Christophe Maillot, choreographer and director of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo. Trained by Rosella Hightower and John Neumeier, then choreographer-director of the Centre Chorégraphique National de Tours, he has devised more than forty-five ballets for the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, blending elements of literature, theatre and contemporary art with the technical demands of classical dance. This repertoire has given the company and its fifty or so dancers international stature. Every season, it goes on tour with emblematic choreographies such as "Romeo and Juliet" (1996), "Cinderella" (1999), "La Belle" (2001), "Le Songe" (2005), "Faust" (2007), "LAC" (2011) and "Coppél-i.A." (2019).
With the public and avant-garde artists
Open to other inspiring choreographers such as William Forsythe, Lucinda Childs, Marie Chouinard, Johan Inger, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Jiri Kylian, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo bring together shows, exhibitions, workshops and conferences at the Monaco Dance Forum. This festival at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo showcases young dancers and choreographers who are reinventing the art of choreography. Directed by Jean-Christophe Maillot, the Ballets de Monte-Carlo company, the Monaco Dance Forum and the Princess Grace Academy - a classical school open to contemporary creation - are all working together to revive dance. And to conclude: "We also share this passion through ‘F(ê)aites de la danse’, an event that transforms the Place du Casino de Monte-Carlo into a gigantic dance-floor, with 250 artists mobilised for a wonderful moment of conviviality alongside the public".