Photographs © Alice Blangero
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo presents
ROMEO AND JULIET
at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California
between April 15 – 17, 2022.
Romeo and Juliet
Choreography: Jean-Christophe Maillot
Based on the play by: William Shakespeare
Music: Sergueï Prokofiev
“poignant…exquisite…intense and immaculately theatrical” – Detroit News
“an eloquent deconstruction of Shakespeare and Prokofiev” – NY Post
The always-dazzling Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo makes its long-awaited return to the Center with Romeo and Juliet. Considered by many to be THE iconic ballet of renowned choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot, Romeo and Juliet has been performed more than 250 times around the world, usually greeted with rousing standing ovations, and has been added to the repertoire of seven major dance companies.
Knowing audiences arrive with a certain knowledge of Shakespeare’s story freed Maillot to create an original perspective told through a series of flashbacks. Stripping away the flowery balconies into a streamlined stage design that speaks to the heart, the only accessories required by the choreographer are own emotional responses and the memory of our first loves.
Romeo and Juliet is a ballet that harmoniously unites classical ballet and contemporary dance to create a truly cinematic style of modern theater. With the quality, youthful energy, and elegance that characterizes this distinguished company, this remarkable version is one of the most beautiful ballets adapted from Shakespeare’s masterpiece to be seen today.
THE DANCE COMPANIES OF MONACO (balletsdemontecarlo.com)
In 1985, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo was created by H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover who wanted to recreate the tradition of dance in Monaco and fulfil a wish of her mother, Princess Grace, for a national ballet company. Jean-Christophe Maillot’s arrival in 1993 was the catalyst for the company’s international successes as his productions were staged around the world, and he invited collaborations with esteemed guest choreographers.
Since 2009, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo have brought the following dance troupes together under one organization: the Company, an International Festival (Le Monaco Dance Forum), and the high-level dance school (L’Académie Princesse Grace).