Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
The origins and the history; plus the dates you shouldn’t miss in 2023

Ballets de Monte-Carlo is one of the most prestigious artistic institutions in the Principality of Monaco. The culture of dance here is a tradition that goes right back to Serge Diaghilev, the celebrated impresario and founder of the Ballets Russes, which launched the careers of numerous dancers and choreographers, including the composer Igor Stravinsky.

The Ballets de Montecarlo actually owes its existence to the Ballets Russes: in the early 20th century the famous company settled in Monte-Carlo, which became its creative home for two decades. On Diaghilev’s death in 1929, the company split, and disappeared definitively in 1951.

However, in 1985, the Ballets de Monte-Carlo company came into being thanks to the determination of the Princess of Hanover, Caroline of Monaco, who remains its president to this day. Since 1993 the company has been led very successfully by Jean-Christophe Maillot.

Today, Ballets de Monte-Carlo brings together an exceptional international company, the Monaco Dance Forum (a festival of all dance forms) and a high-level school, the Princess Grace Academy.

This year the Ballets de Monte-Carlo company presents a busy programme. The season opens on 10 December with The Seven Sins. Among numerous other shows in this month, don’t miss 27 to 31 December, when the company will present Faust , with choreography by Maillot to the strains of Franz Liszt’s Faust Symphony. After a tour of several months to major European cities, from 26 to 30 April the Ballets de Monte-Carlo is back in Monaco with La Belle, choreographed by Maillot and with music by Tchaikovsky. Finally, on 23 and 24 June, the Gala of the Princess Grace Academy is a special event in which the prestigious dance school meets the public, and a showcase for young dancers and their teachers (Compagnie des Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Place du Casino, Monaco – tel: +377 97 70 65 20).

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