Jean-Christophe Maillot offers ballet lovers a sneak-preview of Jiri Kylian’s passionate works

In close contact with the dancers at their studio

The President and members of the Board of the Friends of the Ballets of Monte-Carlo invited their members to the Imprevus. 2 of the season at the Ballet’s state-of-the-art studio, on April 7, 2016, and afterwards treated them to a cocktail partaking with members of the Company. What a privilege to be so close to the beloved dancers in the heart of their creation laboratory, seeing them dance in close proximity almost hearing their heartbeats. On top of that, to have Jean-Christophe Maillot himself as Master of Ceremonies is always the icing on the cake. He who vehemently advocates for the need to get closer to the spectators, inviting them to become an intrinsic part of his ballet company.

A trio of masterpieces by Jiří Kylián

This time around we had the chance to have a sneak-preview of the works by talented Jiří Kylián who is back in Monaco to rehearse with the Ballets of Monte-Carlo. The inspiring choreographer put together an exceptional program as part of the 30th anniversary celebration of the Ballets of Monte-Carlo, entitled “In the Company of Jiří Kylián” with three of his specially hand picked masterpieces: Bella Figura (1995), Gods and Dogs (2008) and Chapeau (2005).

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 the case of Jiří Kylián’s, with his sensually poetic dance language and his sense of musicality, attention to detail is a must, so his pieces are very difficult for the dancers. In the case of Gods and Dogs, a mysterious chamber ballet for four pairs, the artist reflects on the confines between normality and delusion, and makes us wonder on the criteria that delineate both states of mind. The extracts of this piece exuded of erotism, ecstasy and turbulence, such is the force of this choreographer to move the audience. You can get a taste of Gods and Dogs through the photos taken by Alice Blangero, official photographer of the Ballets of Monte-Carlo.

But I do not want to reveal anything else and invite you to see “In the Company of Jiří Kylián”, from April 28-May 1, 2016, at the Salles des Princes, Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.Reservations: http://www.balletsdemontecarlo.com

Today’s Quote

“I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what is too deep to find words for.” Ruth St. Denis

 

 

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