Following the constant evolution of the dance world, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, directed by Jean-Christophe Maillot, continue to offer a rich programme of choreographic productions for the duration of the 2017/18 season. From April 26 to 29, the Ballets will perform a new production, accompanied by the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, in collaboration with Printemps des Arts. On the same evenings, the Company will present Violin Concerto, with choreography by George Balanchine, danced for the last time 15 years ago. From May 9 to 11, in partnership with the Pavillon Bosio, Ecole Supérieure d’Arts Plastiques de Monaco, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo will present a new series of unexpected events. To finish the season, it’s Summer Dance! – a discovery of the world of choreographic art. The Princess Grace Academy will present its traditional Gala at Salle Garnier on June 23 and 24, while from July 12 to 14, also at the Salle Garnier, the Monaco Dance Forum Festival will feature three special evenings: Alexander Ekman; Johan Inger; Mats Ek & Laguna, which will pay tribute to the great filmmaker Ingmar Bergman (1918-2018). Finally from July 26 to 29, a new programme, White Darkness with choreography by Nacho Duato – a creation of Joseph Hernandez who will work for the first time with the Company. He is a former dancer of Monte-Carlo and is now a young emerging choreographer. As a “Cultural Ambassador of the Principality of Monaco”, the Compagnie des Ballets de Monte-Carlo knows the importance of its international tours and fully assumes its role. No less than 50 performances are on the programme, in a dozen different countries: Russia, Holland, China, Switzerland, France, Germany, United States, Spain, and more. Jean-Christophe Maillot – recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Prix de Lausanne– will present the major pieces from his repertoire: Romeo and Juliet, The Beauty, The Dream, Lake, Cinderella, Aleatorio and also the program Bella Figura, Gods and Dogs and Hat as part of the 70th birthday celebrations of Czech dancer and choreographer Jiří Kylián.