Performing Romeo & Juliet and La Belle by Maillot
From February 25 through March 4, 2018, the Ballets of Monte-Carlo toured in the USA, with representations of Romeo & Juliet and La Belle (Sleeping Beauty), both choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot who reinterpreted the traditional ballets transporting them into the present and why not the future, bringing their memorable performances to enthusiastic audiences in New Orleans, Minneapolis and Chicago.
Monaco takes Orleans!
The company started the tour in New Orleans on February 25 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in front of 2200 people to a standing ovation. This was the company’s second visit to The Big Easy, New Orleans famous nickname. The company presented Romeo and Juliet —created by Maillot in 1996 and performed over 300 times throughout the world — on the stage of the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans, invited by the New Orleans Ballet Association. (Photo:The Ballets of Monte-Carloin New Orleans 2018 @Alice Blangero)
For this occasion and coinciding with the celebration of 300th anniversary of New Orleans, the Embassy of Monaco in the USA, represented by H.E. Maguy Macario-Doyle, with the support of the General Consul in New York and the Honorary Consul of New Orleans, organized a series of events under the theme Monaco Takes Orleans, including:
- The “Monte-Carlo Legends”, a photographic tribute to the black and white vintage images featuring personalities of the past.
- “Flavors of Monaco” at the NOPSI hotel where their executive chef Pete Page in association with the SBM Monte-Carlo to welcome Michelin Star chef Bemoit Witz of the Hermitage Hotel Monte-Carlo.
- “Inside the Ballets of Monte-Carlo” first photo exhibition by Alice Blangero, official photographer of the Ballets of Monte-Carlo, at the Angela King art gallery in New Orleans
Performing to standing ovations in Minneapolis
On February 27-28, the company gave two representations of Romeo and Juliet at the Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis, in front of 3000 people to standing ovations. It was their first visit to this major city in Minnesota that forms the Twin Cities, together with neighboring state capital of Saint Paul. (Photo: The Ballets of Monte-Carlo in Minneapolis @Alice Blangero)
These were special performances for certain dancers of the company, as Simone Tribuna danced for the first time the role of Romeo and Matej Urban, who joined the company in September 2017, performed for the first time the role of Brother Laurent.
Taking the Windy City by storm
As a culmination of the tour, on March 3 and 4, the company gave two representations of La Belle created in 2001 by Maillot, in front of over 3,000 people at the prestigious Auditorium of Theatre of the Roosevelt University, better known as The Fine Arts Building. Click on the newspapers for the reviews in: Chicago Tribune; Perform.ink and Splash Magazines (Photo:The Ballets of Monte-Carlo in Chicago 2018 @Alice Blangero)
This was the second visit to Windy City, the famous nickname for Chicago. It was a special moment for 21-year-old Belgian dancer Katrin Schrader, who joined the company two years ago, and who interpreted the role of La Belle for the first time. (Photo: Katrin Schrader @Alice Blangero)
The Ballets of Monte-Carlo upcoming performances in Monaco
April 26-29, 2018 – The Ballets of Monte-Carlo in collaboration with the Printemp des Arts, in collaboration with the Printemps des Arts
VIOLIN CONCERTO – Chorégraphie de George Balanchine
ABSTRACT/LIFE – CRÉATION – Choreographed by J-C Maillot from a musical creation by Bruno Mantovani, with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte-Carlo
The Ballets of Monte-Carlo on tour in Europe
March 29-31, 2018
Theatre National de Nice, France
LAC – Choreographed by J-C. Maillot
April 6-7, 201
Alexandrinsky Theater, Saint Petersburg, Russia
CENDRILLON – Choreographed by J-C. Maillot
May 16-19, 2018
Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Spain
LE SONGE – Choreographed by J-C. Maillot
June 8-10, and 12-14, 20188
Theatre National de Chaillot, Paris, France
LE SONGE – Choreographed by J-C. Maillot
July 6-7, 2018
Amphithéâtre Châteauvallon-Scène nationale, France
ALÉATORIO – Choreographed by J-C. Maillot
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