News: Jean-Christophe Maillot

Tuesday 8 April 2014 by Carmel Smith

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo 'LAC'

In the twenty years that he has led Monaco’s Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, artistic director Jean-Christophe Maillot has built a repertory of 70 new works for the company, created by himself and an eclectic range of guest choreographers (including Shen Wei, Cherkaoui, Chris Haring and Emio Greco), founded a dance school that draws students from around the world and launched the Monaco Dance Forum as an international dance festival and producer of new work (including In the Spirit of Diaghilev with Sadler’s Wells).

This week the company bring LAC _, to the London Coliseum (9 – 12 April). Basing it on the original _Swan Lake, Maillot used an edited version Tchaikovsky’s score and collaborated with writer Jean Rouaud to develop a story that filters the ballet’s themes of love and betrayal, reality and illusion through a modern, erotic slant. “I wanted to imagine that we can be carried by the music and the tradition of the 19th-century ballet, but do something different with it. For me, dance is about love, people and relationships. I look for a level of sensuality that has to do with the sweat and the reality of flesh.” he tells Judith Mackrell. Read the full article in the Guardian, 8 April 2014

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