Monaco’s La Belle final performance tomorrow

Jean-Christophe Maillot has excelled with his latest ballet production of La Belle. We enjoyed a pre-Christmas performance of this outstanding ballet, which enthralled the audience with a fantastic, choreographed ballet performed by the talented troop and inspiring stage setting and beautiful, eccentric costumes. The longest kiss in the history of ballet was danced to a Tchaikovsky score, performed by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte-Carlo. Tonight’s performance at 8.30pm (December 26th) and tomorrow’s matinee at 4pm (December 27th) are the last chance to experience this fairy tale ballet, part of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo taking place at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco until January 4. In choreographing La Belle, the company’s Director Jean-Christophe Maillot turned the spotlight on the human dimensions of the Perrault tale: the contrast between the shadowy world of the Prince and the splendor of La Belle, between good and evil, love and hate. La Belle will be followed on New Year’s Eve by Maillot’s more modern Altro Canto and also William Forsythe’s Artifact Suite. They are works that create powerful images, willfully pushing the use of stage machinery and optical illusion to the extreme edge. 

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