February 2, 2012
For decades ballet has been an important artistic expression in Monte Carlo. In 1985, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo was founded, a classical ballet company, which is the official national dance company of the Principality of Monaco, that was established by Her Royal Highness the Princess of Hanover in accordance with the wishes of her mother, Princess Grace of Monaco.
Since its inauguration, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, has attracted some of the biggest and most highly-esteemed names in the world of ballet, with its opening performance in 1985 casting several of the Paris Opera as guest stars.
In 1992 the world-renowned and highly influential French dancer and choreographer, Jean-Christophe Maillot, joined Les Ballets de Monte Carlo as an artistic consultant, and was quickly promoted to director of choreography. Because of Maillot’s passion, creative vision and energy, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, helped to create an increased demand and popularity, moved to a much bigger and glamorous location at the new congress centre in Monaco, known as the Grimaldi Forum.