Ballet & Dance

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo

Segerstrom Center For The Arts

Costa Mesa, CA, United States

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The always-dazzling Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo makes its long-awaited return to the Center with Romeo and Juliet. Considered by many to be THE iconic ballet of renowned choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot, Romeo and Juliet has been performed more than 250 times around the world, usually greeted with rousing standing ovations, and has been added to the repertoire of seven major dance companies. Knowing audiences arrive with a certain knowledge of Shakespeare’s story freed Maillot to create an original perspective told through a series of flashbacks. Stripping away the flowery balconies into a streamlined stage design that speaks to the heart, the only accessories required by the choreographer are own emotional responses and the memory of our first loves. Romeo and Juliet is a ballet that harmoniously unites classical ballet and contemporary dance to create a truly cinematic style of modern theater. With the quality, youthful energy, and elegance that characterizes this distinguished company, this remarkable version is one of the most beautiful ballets adapted from Shakespeare's masterpiece to be seen today.

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