Monte Carlo Ballet-La Belle-Jean-Christophe Maillot-National Theatre-20.09

National Theatre "I.L.Caragiale"
Series "Opera and Ballet"
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......The pictures speak for themselves. No need for comments. It was beautiful. It was the adult version of Sleeping Beauty, told with imagination and presented with floating steps.
......Born in 1960 in Tours, Jean-Christophe Maillot studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire National in that city before joining Rosella Hightower's International School of Dance in Cannes. In 1977 he won the Prix de Lausanne. In 1978, he was invited to join the Hamburg Ballet, where director John Neumeier created principal roles for him in many works. ......In 1983, Jean-Christophe Maillot was appointed as choreographer and director of the Ballet du Grand Theatre in Tours, subsequently one of France's National Choreographic Centres. He choreographed some twenty ballets for this company, and in 1985 he founded the festival "Le Chorégraphique". In 1992 he was awarded the title of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Minister of Culture, Jack Lang.
......In 1993, H.R.H. the Princess of Hannover invited Jean-Christophe Maillot to become director of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo. There, as principal choreographer for a company of fifty dancers, he has continued to make new work: among his creations for the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, are Bêtes Noires, Home, Sweet Home, Dov'è la Luna, Vers un Pays Sage, Roméo et Juliette (performed almost 100 times), Recto Verso, L'Ile, Cendrillon, Entrelacs, Oeil pour oeil, La Belle. ......In addition to his own work, he has broadened and enriched the company's repertoire by inviting the most important contemporary choreographers to work in Monte-Carlo, as well as maintaining works by George Balanchine and from the Ballets Russes, closely linked to the history of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo. For the Printemps des Arts 2000 season in Monaco, he recently created Opus 40, to music by Meredith Monk, set and costumes by new-yorker painter George Condo.
......Jean-Christophe Maillot is also regularly invited to stage his works for companies all over the world, and is one of France's most frequently presented choreographers: his ballets have been performed in London, Rome, Madrid, Paris, Brussels, Lisbon, Cairo, New York, Mexico, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Hong Kong, Seoul, Manila, Tokyo, and Brisbane. On the 19 November, 1999, Jean-Christophe Maillot was awarded the title of Officer de l'Ordre du Merite Culturel of the Principality of Monaco.Jean-Christophe Maillot is founder and president of the Monaco Dance Forum. In July 2002, he was appointed to the rank of Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur by french President, Jacques Chirac.
......Jean-Christophe Maillot's production, La Belle, obtained the Nijinsky award for the best choreographic production 2001 during the second edition of the Monaco Dance Forum in December 2002, and the Danza & Danza Prize for the Best show 2002, awarded by the Italian critics.

Jean-Christophe Maillot

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