A classical ballet troupe formed in 1985 by Caroline Louise Marguerite Grimaldi, Princess of Hanover in agreement with the wishes of her mother Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco Grace Patricia Kelly.
The first enactment for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo happened on December 12, 1985, casting among others several guest prima ballerinas of the Paris Opera. Spearheaded by Ghislaine Thesmar and Pierre Lacotte, the firm trained in the Diaghilev studio, carrying out on the playhouse of the Salle Garnier at the Monte Carlo Opera and instantly begun travelling around the world. Their artistic range comprises works from the Ballets Russes, modern masterpieces from guest choreographers Kevin Haigen, John Clifford, and Uwe Scholz.
“At the ballet, you really feel like you’re in the presence of something outside the rest of your life. Higher than the rest of your life.”
- Robert Allan Caro, Biographer
“Ballet is the one form of theater where nobody speaks a foolish word all evening nobody on the stage at least.”
- Edwin Denby, Famous Dance Critic
“There are two basic elements to classical ballet. They are quality and quantity. Quantity is how much a dancer can physically do… the element that gives an artist the freedom to concentrate on quality, while quality is how he or she does it…quality of movement… the most difficult phase… requires long and arduous training.”
- Igor Schwezoff, Ballet Dancer
“The vocabulary and manner of classical ballet express a high order of discipline and restraint, a sense of harmony with forces larger and more lasting than the individual.”
- Marsha B. Siegel, Dance Lecturer
”Ballet technique is arbitrary and very difficult. It never becomes easy… it becomes possible.”
- Agnes de Mille, Choreographer