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Dance has been a tradition in Monaco since the days of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. The Compagnie des Ballets de Monte-Carlo nurtures this heritage.

In the early twentieth century, dance in Monaco was synonymous with Diaghilev and his legendary Ballets Russes. It was the golden age of Nijinsky, Lifar, Balanchine… Having rewritten the rules of ballet, the renowned Monegasque company was dissolved when Diaghilev passed away in 1929.

The story resumed in 1985 when the new Compagnie des Ballets de Monte-Carlo was born, with support from Princess Caroline. Jean-Christophe Maillot has been at the helm since 1993.

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The former dancer and choreographer/director of the Centre Chorégraphique National de Tours has created a repertoire of more than 30 ballets, including Towards a Wise Country (1995), Romeo and Juliet (1996), Cinderella (1999), The Sleeping Beauty (2001), The Dream (2005), Altro Canto (2006), Faust (2007), LAC (2011) and more recently Core Meu (2019). In December 2019, Maillot will unveil his latest creation, a version of Coppelia, the famous ballet from the romantic repertoire. Coppél-i.A. will pose questions about the development of artificial intelligence in our world.

The Monegasque company tours the globe every year.

Jean-Christophe Maillot’s repertoire is also regularly performed by a variety of international companies. His Taming of the Shrew was created for the Bolshoi Theatre ballet company.

With its Monaco Dance Forum, the Principality has sought to position itself as an international showcase for dance.

© Direction de la Communication - Manuel Vitali
© Direction de la Communication - Manuel Vitali

It regularly hosts major contemporary choreographers such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Shen Wei, Emio Greco, Chris Haring, Marco Goecke, Lucinda Childs, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, and Marie Chouinard, who come to work with the Monegasque company’s 50 dancers.

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