The Israeli Opera’s “Dance at the Center “Series will host the renowned Monte Carlo Ballet, operating under the auspices of Princess Caroline. The company’s 50 dancers, under the artistic direction of the world famous choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot, will give three different performances: The Dream, based on Shakespeare’s A Midnight Summer’s Dream, Altro Canto I to the music of Monteverdi and with costumes designed by the famous fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, and Altro Canto II to the music of Bertrand Maillot.
The roots of the present day Monte Carlo Ballet are imbedded in the history of classical ballet in Monte Carlo. In 1911, the Russian choreograph Sergei Diaghilev brought his famous company, which included the greatest stars from St. Petersburg and Moscow, to Monte Carlo, which became the company’s home. From Monte Carlo, they set out on their famous tours to Paris, London and the US. Upon Diaghilev’s death in 1929, the company disbanded. In 1985, at the initiative of the Princess of Monaco, the Monte Carlo Ballet Company was re-established as the official ballet of the principality. Princess Caroline, under whose auspices the ballet operates, sees it as the primary powerhouse of Monaco’s culture. This repertoire company is now renowned for its excellent dancers, and, under the direction of Jean-Christophe Maillot, performs neo-classical dances, including his own pieces and creations by the world’s finest choreographers.
“The Dream” premiered in December 2005. It is based on Shakespeare’s comic play A Midnight Summer’s Dream. Like the Shakespearian fable, the piece rotates around three contrasting worlds: Love – Logic, Love – Passion and Love – Work, and it combines tradition with innovation, and classical language with modern language.
Alto Canto is composed of two parts:
Alto Canto I is a poetic creation by Jean-Christophe Maillot from 2006, dealing with the relationship between music and the sonic vibrations of the body in movement.
Alto Canto II, created in July 2008 to music by Bertrand Maillot, continues in the same direction, yet in a more intimate fashion, with the creation focusing on the agonizing conflict of the human being caught in his own fantasies, doubts, and his relation to the unknown.
The Monte Carlo Ballet
Opera House – Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center
Address: 19 Shaul Hamelech Avenue