The 2015/2016 ballet season spearheads a rich cultural calendar in Monaco

For a Principality of just two square kilometers, Monaco boasts a cultural program befitting of a nation ten times its size, with almost all artistic disciplines being represented.

Taking center stage in the Monegasque cultural calendar, however, is the 2015/2016 ballet season, which is well underway, but promises a host of fine performances in the lead up to Christmas and beyond from Monaco’s very own Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo – an international ballet company that was founded in 1985 by Princess Caroline of Hanover, sister of Prince Albert II of Monaco, and is overseen by leading choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot – which is now celebrating its 30th anniversary.

  • Monte Carlo Ballet

While, in 2016, the ballet company is set to tour the globe, treating audiences to its splendour as far away as USA, Monaco remains the primary venue on the tour. Spectators in the Principality will be able to observe the performers at their very best, as they perform some of the most loved ballets in the world at some remarkable venues.

For dedicated lovers of the ballet, the next offered event is Les inattendus, which is to be held in the Salle Garnier de Monte-Carlo between 11th and 13th, in which members of the public will be able to witness a dress rehearsal of the prestigious company.

Monte Carlo BalletThe next performance from TanzWuppertal Company – Vollmond by Pina Bausch – guarantees a truly unique display, which will utilise buckets of water as props to form an intriguing and unusual performance. Vollmond will run from 18th to 20th December at the Grimaldi Forum’s Salle des Princes. While Pina Bausch does not feel the need to explain her pieces, it is understood that audiences can expect an unusual portrayal.

A Christmas spectacular, and sure to be one of the greatest performances of the 2015/2016 ballet season, Casse-Noisette Compagnie will be performed in the Grimaldi Forum’s Salle des Princes from December 29th to January 4th. The plotline of this particular ballet echoes – in a analogous sense – the experiences of the choreographer, Jean-Christophe Maillot, who arrived in Monaco in 1993 and has created theatrical magic ever since. This performance features an array of subtle nods to characters from Maillot’s previous productions.

  • Monte-Carlo Ballet

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo will also be thrust into the cinematic limelight on 30th December, when a live production of Casse-Noisette Compagnie will be screened in cinemas throughout the world.

February brings Singing in the train, which will be performed by young performers from CREA.

Subsequently, after an international tour, the following opportunity to witness the amazing ballet company perform in Monaco will be 28th April, when the dancers will perform a series of performances – Bella Figura, Gods and Dogs and Hat – choreographed by the esteemed Czech choreographer, Jiri Kylian.

  • Monte-Carlo Ballet

Two performances of Unforeseen will be staged in April and May, in which dancers will be granted the unusual opportunity to choreograph their own performances. Audiences will be granted the opportunity to view rehearsals of the company in the Atelier of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo.

Aside from a further Unforeseen in May, 30th June will mark the following performance of ‘Letter to a Man,’ staged by Robert Wilson and interpreted by Mikhail Baryshnikov.

July brings two creations, by Jeroen Verbrugen and Vladimir Varnava, and, the conclusive performance of the season, F(Ê)AITES DE LA DANCE !, which will be conducted in collaboration with the Société des Bains de Mer on 31st July. The culmination of the exciting ballet season promises to be a memorable experience, in which a selection of dance fanatics will be invited to participate in a one-night festival that will celebrate dance in a host of illustrious venues throughout Monaco.

Monte Carlo Ballet

Various other projects also punctuate the 2015/2016 ballet season, including a series of ‘rencontres philosophiques’ – the first of which will be entitled La rencontre amoureuse… – which are to be held in January and June.

The 2015/2016 ballet season epitomises the rich cultural offerings of the Principality of Monaco. With majestic venues, such as the Salle Garnier de Monte-Carlo and The Grimaldi Forum, the spectacular architecture accentuates the artistic creation.

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