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Three questions to Jean-Christophe Maillot, Director of th Ballets de Monte-Carlo


An important event in dance has been announced for Monaco: the arrival of Bartabas in partnership with Caroline Carlson. Can you tell us more about it?

There will be three dates: 8th, 9th and 10th of July. It’s a project I have long dreamt about and it proves yet again how dance can push the boundaries beyond its normal territory in the theatre. Bartabas works in a totally amazing way with horses. He is someone who loves dance and choreography. He has envisaged this crazy project: to work with a choreographer, in this case Carolyn Carlson. It is a first for him as someone who is used to working with dancers under his control, as this project implies a sharing of artistic authority in creating the show. It will be magnificent: Bartabas is bringing 32 horses from the Versailles Academy and the Carolyn Carlson Company will provide 16 dancers. The show will only be put on three times in the world; it’s a ground-breaking event. It serves to highlight the bridges that exist between dance and other fields associated with the world of choreography.

The show is part of the Monaco Dance Forum, which you established with HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover in 1998. Thirteen years later is this event meeting your expectations?

I am delighted, particularly as the public has responded so favourably to it. Today in Monaco there is an ensemble which unites the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, a structure which takes on an Ambassadorial role by promoting the idea of dance to the world; the Monaco Dance Forum, a veritable structure for production and dissemination of the art of choreography; and the Princess Grace Dance Academy which teaches young dancers. This grouping is truly unique. Today if you are lucky enough to be in the Principality, you have a chance to see some of the best the world of dance has to offer. It is an aspect that is very particular to Monaco which hosts and welcomes all forms of dance from around the world. I think one can truly say: “Monaco: playing a special role in the world for dance” – that’s for sure.

And what about the Ballets de Monte-Carlo this summer – what are you doing?

We will be in the Salle Garnier. I am very happy to be back there, to return to this setting. All dance is part of this utterly sublime small theatre. I think we will be re-doing Songe d’une Nuit d’Été, but in a slightly different format with more initiatives. Finally, on the 7th and 13th of July there will be three pieces by the choreographers Marco Goecke and Petr Zuska.
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