Close encounter with dancers at the Ballets of Monte-Carlo atelier

Imprevus: Act 1 – Hearing their heartbeats

Dance lovers and supporters had the privilege last week to submerge into the heart of the Ballets of Monte-Carlo in their state of the art studio in Beausoleil, France, to discover the creation process mingling with the dancers, choreographers, teachers and even the accomplished Director of the Academy Luca Masala, during the Imprevus.

And what a treat to have the intense creator Jean-Christophe Maillot, Artistic Director of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, present the performances himself, where experienced members of the dance company as well as young students from the Academy of Dance Princess Grace, combined creativity, energy and dedication. This was the first of a series of three Imprevus that allow the audience to be in close contact with the dancers, hearing their heartbeats in rhythm with the music, feeling their energy, reading the expressions on their faces. It is certainly unique choreographic experience in a truly intimate setting.

Among the enthusiastic audience and seating on first row was Mr. Dmitry Rybolovlev, accompanied by his daughter Ekaterina and his parents, showing that he is not only interested in football as President of ASM Monaco club, but also the arts. He and his daughter were really fascinated by the technical prowess of the dancers and their passionate performance.

Meeting Mikio Kato dancer with the Ballets of Monte-Carlo

After the magnificent spectacle the public could partake with the dancers. I had the chance to chat with Mikio Kato, who I know very well as he recently graduated from the Academy (on the photo I took on their graduation he is standing in the back in the middle) and is now dancing for the Ballets of Monte-Carlo. He is 18 years old and originally from Fukushima, Japan, and is so happy to have been given the opportunity to join the company and stay in Monaco. His parents have not been able to see him dance yet, but he had a big smile when he told me they will have that chance soon as the company will be going to Tokyo end of February 2015 as part of their tour. The Monte-Carlo Ballet has 50 dancers from 25 different countries.

The Ballets de Monte-Carlo is an internationally acclaimed dance company, associated with a high level school the Academy of Dance Princess Grace. The motto of Maillot is: Train – Create – Share, three objectives that also reflect a dancer’s career and life. The objective of Luca Masala at the Academy is to scout for young talented students to help them become professional dancers, and making their dream come true.

The next Imprevus will be during February 11, 12, 13, 14, 2015. Available only to holders of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo Card. Contact: +377 97 70 65 20

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