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16-17 May Tuesday-Wednesday
Zorlu PSM Main Theatre
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Choreographer-Director of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Jean-Christophe Maillot has reworked Swan Lake with the award-winning writer Jean Rouaud to bring a new drama to this pillar of the classic repertory. LAC (after Swan Lake) has all the makings of a modern day classic: A Swan Lake that today's generation can embrace.
With its roots firmly in Serge de Diaghilev's Russian Ballet set up in Paris back in 1909, the Monte-Carlo Ballet Company was established in 1985 under the direction of Ghislaine Thesmar and Pierre Lacotte. With Jean-Christophe Maillot taking the helm in 1993, the company has set on a new path that quickly developed the level of maturity and excellence for which this company of 50 dancers has been renowned for 20 years and risen to demand throughout the world. Maillot, for whom dance combines with theatre and evolves into the arena of visual arts, draws his repertoire from the world of art in the broadest sense, and thus it is no surprise that his iconic works, such as Vers un pays sage, Romeo et Juliette, Cendrillon, La Belle, Le Songe, Altro Canto, Faust, and LAC have entered the repertoire of large international companies.
In LAC, Jean-Christophe Maillot presents us with his personal vision of Swan Lake. It is a vast challenge for any choreographer to tackle this legendary piece which is so well-known throughout the world. For this project which has been dear to his heart for ten years, the choreographer worked with the novelist Jean Rouaud, 1990 Prix Goncourt winner, to bring a new drama to this pillar of the classic repertoire. Together they have adapted the timeless story of Siegfried and Odette so that this narrative resonates with our own questioning. The visual artist Ernest Pignon-Ernest, a long-time associate of Jean-Christophe Maillot, has created a world where dreams could come alive, playing on light and dark and turning grey into a mood rather than a colour. Philipe Guillotel's costumes are the bow that completes the package. He has used the concept of classical costumes, tutus and tiaras without becoming lost in them, but updating them so that they were current and on trend instead.
Tickets will be available as of 11 February at Biletix, İKSV and Zorlu PSM. Please click here for tickets.