Maillot’s dreamlike production of Nutcracker Company bewitched the public in Monte-Carlo

Dance is the most powerful form of enchantment

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The Nutcracker Company innovative production extravaganza by Jean-Christophe Maillot (photo by Alice Blangero), which premiered back in 2013, started playing yesterday at the Grimaldi Forum with additional performances through January 3, 2016. The traditional story of The Nutcracker with music by Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky, is once again re-imagined to create a mystical world of dreams and stories, told by passionate dancers with flamboyant costumes and scenery. This production is different from his previous Nutcracker Circus, that debuted in the Principality in 1999. Maillot believes in transformation, nothing ever stays the same. In this ultra modern interpretation Maillot recreates the life of a dance company using the same characters of the Hoffmann’s fairy tale from 1816, but molds it in his own way recreating his most dear memories as well as his phantoms.

Reuniting the dancers of the company, the students of the Princess Grace Dance Academy, and two star dancers from the Bolchoi Ballet Olga Smirnova and Artem Ovcharenko, Maillot makes of this piece the symbol of his career with the Ballet of Monte-Carlo that started back in 1993, while at the same time honoring Serge de Diaghilev who created the Russian Ballets in the Principality a century ago. Maillot’s choreography spans from classical to cutting-edge dance movement, a true artisan with an exhilarating edge that makes this production exhilarating, colorful, festive, and captivating!

Dancers and public alike united in the dance of life! 

It is Christmas Eve at a travelling circus where little girl Claire dreams of becoming a star dancer, and magic does the rest. As the plot evolves another universe can be seen appear on a parallel world: the creation and evolution of the Monte-Carlo Ballet all along three decades of existence. Maillot makes use of his poetic license by inserting the emblematic characters from all the productions he gave life to along his career of over 20 years in the Principality, always under the friend complicity of Princess Carolina who presides the company. As if coming out of a magician’s hat the personages from ballets like Cinderella, La Belle, Le Songe, Romeo & Juliette, take the stage and interplay, with Claire personifying the essence of all those women and their stories. And in the Grand Finale when cannons of confetti and streamers descended on the public, coloring everything and everybody and the personages left the stage to join the audience. We became all characters in the same dance of life! As Maillot reflects “And what if it wasn’t all a dream?”

With the image of the Grand Finale by Alice Blangero, I wish you all a

Happy New Year 2016!

Nutcracker Company Information and Reservations

  • Choreography: Jean-Christophe Maillot – Accompanied by the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Director: Nicolas Brochot
  • The Company of the Ballets of Monte-Carlo with the participation of the students of the Princess Grace Dance Academy and dancers of the Bolchoi Theater
  • Additional performances: December 30, 31, 2015 at 20h00 &
  • January 2, 4, 2016 at 20h00 & January 3, 2016 at 16h00
  • Information and Reservations: or by telephone +377 97 70 65 20 or
  • Broadcast live to cinemas from the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on December 30, 2015.



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