Jean-Christophe Maillot invites the public to dance on the Casino Square in Monaco on July 1, 2017

Dancing all night long!

Last week the local and international press were invited to the Salle Garnier in the Hotel de Paris for the announcement of F(E)AITES de la DANSE, scheduled for Saturday, July 1, 2017 at the Casino Square in Monaco, a spectacular show where the public will be invited free of charge to join 250 artists, among them the dancers of the Monte-Carlo Ballet, for a fantastic dance extravaganza that will start at 18:00 and will go till sunrise!

Jean-Christophe Maillot, Director and choreographer of the Monte-Carlo Ballet, accompanied by Patrice Cellario, Minister of Interior and Culture, and Jean-Luc Biamonti, Deputy President of the Societe des Bains de Mer, unveiled the program. This one of a kind event, brainchild of Jean-Christophe Maillot, is made possible thanks to the active engagement of the Government of the Principality and the Society des Bains de Mer. Maillot’s objective has always been to get closer to his public and for him the world is his stage. “This exceptional event will completely reverse the relationship between performers and audience: the dancers won’t be performing for the public; they will make the public dance,” emphasized an enthusiastic Maillot.

As for how many people will be expected, Patrice Cellario said that according to first estimates between 5,000 and 10,000 people would gather in Monaco, where security arrangements will be put in place, with access control.

Maillot’s idea is to create a special atmosphere for people to share and express the happiness of moving to the rhythm of diverse types of dancing in the open air. There will be four areas throughout the square and the terraces of the Casino, including the Salle Garnier where the seats will be removed to transform it into a one-time nightclub for the first time in the history of this prestigious venue.

All rhythms for all tastes

A giant ballet bar (barre in French) will be installed for the public to warm up, and professional dancers will be mixed with the public to follow the course of ballet master Richard Coudray, who has already done it for 3000 people in Biarritz.

Antonio Castrignano and his band will take the stage and will engage the crowd into frenetic tarantellas. This talented musician, from a small village of Calimera in the area of Puglia, gives a voice to the culture and stories of his village, expressing the joy of living through music.

For those who love retro dancing there will be rock of the 50s and the Dolce Vita. Ballroom Dancing will be present with: slow waltz, tango, foxtrot, Charleston, Viennese waltz, samba, rumba, cha-cha, jive, paso doble. There will be rhythms for all tastes, and nobody will be left aside since pros and amateurs will invite everybody to dance.

The dance extravaganza will occupy the entire urban area of the Casino Square to offer incredible performances by Les Echassiers Pneumatiques and Les Yamakasi with awesome acrobatic demonstrations; artistic roller-skating by Le Patin Libre; a Hip Hop Battle with the participation of the finest dancers alongside amateurs and beginners. Everybody will be able to follow in real time what’s going on everywhere through giant screens installed in the square.

At midnight the public will be re-energized by a feverish performance by the Ballets of Monte-Carlo to the tunes of Antonio Castrignano. A flash mob will follow inviting the spectators to join in, transforming the Casino Square into an immense outdoor dance floor. It promised to be exhilarating!

Then, the nightclub at the Opera Garnier will open and DJ Greg Boust will make everybody dance till the wee hours of the morning! For those who prefer to dance outdoors they will be able to use headphones not to bother the neighbors!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 18:00 at the Casino Square in Monaco, tell your friends, and prepare your dancing shoes!

Today’s Quote

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” Friedrich Nietzsche

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