On March 2, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo makes its triumphant return with LAC, Artistic Director Jean-Christophe Maillot’s visually stunning retelling of Swan Lake—the only scheduled performance of the masterpiece in the nation! “Jean-Christophe Maillot’s LAC (Swan Lake) for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo is a top recommendation for this year’s dance viewing ... you will be intrigued, stimulated and invigorated” (Dance Australia Magazine). Within a labyrinth of dramatic twists and turns, this ravishing stage production is a psychological thriller of epic proportions that upends our expectations and brings “Swan Lake into the 21st century without losing the essence of the fairy tale at its heart” (Orange County Register). Offering audiences a thrilling interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s immortal score, Maillot collaborated with esteemed French writer Jean Rouaud, Winter Olympics and award-winning Cirque de Soleil costume designer Philippe Guillotel, and, for grand, expressionistic sets, cutting-edge visual artist Ernest Pignon-Ernest to realize his provocative vision.
The official national company of the Principality of Monaco, the company is a classical ballet company established in 1985 by the Princess of Hanover in accordance with the wishes of her mother, Princess Grace, who wished to perpetuate the long tradition of dance in Monaco and its famous Ballets Russes. “Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo is one of the most dynamic ballet companies around, widely acclaimed for its superb dancers, vivid, original productions and determination to make ballet more accessible” (The Telegraph).