Back in 1909, Serge Diaghilev and his Ballet Russes (Russian Ballet) set up their creative workshop in Monte-Carlo for two decades. Several personalities and choreographers took after the dance group, but it was not until in 1985, the current Ballets de Monte-Carlo Company was created as a result of the commitment of HRH the Princess of Hanover, who wanted to continue the long tradition of dance in Monaco and its famous Ballets Russes.
In 1993, HRH Princess of Hanover nominated Jean-Christophe Maillot as the head of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo. Under the leadership of Maillot, the Ballets de Monte-Carlo achieved greater heights and is now one of the internationally acclaimed Ballet group in the world. With 50 dancers from 19 countries around the world, Ballets de Monte-Carlo is a major cultural ambassador for the Principality, touring for over 200 days a year.
Since appointed as the Choreographer-Director of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo in September 1993, Jean-Christophe Maillot created almost 40 ballets for the company, including the famous Romeo and Juliet (1996), Cinderella (1999), La Belle (2001), Le Songe (2005). Some of these works are now included in the repertoires of major international ballet companies, such as the Grands Ballets Canadiens, Royal Swedish Ballet, Korean National Ballet…
Being aware of the work of other artists, Jean-Christophe Maillot is known for his spirit of openness and his commitment to inviting choreographers with a different style to create for the company. Jeroen Verbruggen, Jiri Kylian, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Shen Wei, Alonzo King, Chris Haring, Natalia Horecna… just to name a few.
In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo has launched its brand new digital platform on Bmcstream.com from the January 5th, 2021. Audiences can now experience the daily life and the performances of Les Ballets De Monte-Carlo in a way never seen before and enjoy fantastic shows from all camera angles thanks to an interactive multi-camera device.