First Imprevus of the 2015 – 2016 Ballet season
To inaugurate the season, the Ballets of Monte-Carlo opened the doors of their state-of-the-art studio for a rare close encounter with their dancers, directly in the heart of their workplace. On Thursday, October 8 the gathering was even more special as the session was streamlined live in the Dancer History Channel as well as the company’s website.
For the first Imprevus (The Unexpected) of the season the magnificent pieces choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot, Entrelacs, Presque Rien (recent creation) and Vers un Pays Sage, were rehearsed in front of a live audience. What a unique chance to watch Bernice Coppieters, former prima ballerina recently turned Ballet master, concentrated on the moves of every dancer and taking lots of notes, then Jean-Christophe Maillot proceeded to work closely with them following her lead. Seating in the still semi-darkness of the main studio, the public became witness to the birth of yet another Maillot’s ballet masterpieces, a real life exciting experience.
The Imprevus allow for a rather intimate observation of the dancers, trying to understand the choreographer’s goal behind each gesticulation in his insatiable quest for refinement and improvement from the dancers, nothing is left to chance. In Entrelacs the dancers become the music composed by Yan Maresz, just as Balanchine recommended: “see the music and listen to the dance”. This piece as well as Vers un Pays Sage, illustrate the choreographer’s incredible capacity to explore different impressions. While Maillot’s recent creation Presque Rien delves into the emotional interactions of a couple, at times becoming almost violent in its poignant expression and truly inspirational. The sensual performance of the dancers literally took my breath away! Maillot does not cease to surprise us, pushing us to the edge of our emotional world.
The Ballets de Monte-Carlo will be performing the three pieces, Entrelacs, Presque Rien & Vers un Pays Sage at the Salle Garnier Opera of Monte-Carlo on the following dates:
- Thursday, October 22 – 20:00hs
- Friday, October 23 – 20:00hs – A chance to meet the artists at 18:45 before the performance
- Saturday, October 24 – 20:00hs
- Sunday, October 25 – 16:00hs – AT 14:45 conference by Laura Cappelle, dance critic for the Financial Times
“Always the question for dancers is: Can we fly?” Jean-Christophe Maillot