For the 2016 edition of the L’Été Danse programme, the ever theatrical and daring Jean-Christophe Maillot, Choreographer Director of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, decided to release his supple grip on the reins of his troupe and invite two young artists to try their hand at directing.
At 8pm for four nights from 21st to 24th July, Belgian dancer Jeroen Verbruggen and Russian choreographer Vladimir Varnava will explore their creative and directive abilities as they host L’Enfant et les Sortilèges and Le Baiser de la Fée respectively. Verbruggen will immerse his former classmates and his audience in an ‘offbeat wonderland’ while Varnava’s ‘unique choreographic vision will be embodied by the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, showcasing the young artist as a rising star in the world of dance’.
Later in July, Maillot will reprise his role at the head of his dancers for a contemporary take on Roméo et Juliette. He assertively assumes his spectators are familiar with Shakespeare’s most well-known tale and, ‘rather than retrace the rift between the Capulets and Montagues to its tragic denouement, [he] rewrites the play from an original perspective, plunging us into the depths of Friar Laurence's soul, a man whose good intentions ultimately provoke the demise of the two lovers’. There will be three performances of the ballet from 28th to 30th July, all at 8pm. Tickets are available online, at the Grimaldi Forum and at the Atrium of the Monte-Carlo Casino.