Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo

Cenerentola and La Belle : two fairy-tale ballets

Teatro Regio, from 4 to 23 December 2010

With December we have dance at the Teatro Regio; from 4 to 23 December the tradition is renewed, a tradition that has seen previous seasons sold out.

Featured this season will be two fairy-tale ballets: from 4 to 15 December Cenerentola [Cinderella] by Sergei Prokofiev and from 18 to 23 December La Belle, with Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s music for Sleeping Beauty. The two masterpieces, inspired by the fairy-tale genius Charles Perrault, can be seen in Torino in the interpretation by the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, the only opportunity in Italy to admire the dancers of this historic company whose roots date back to the beginning of the twentieth century, when Sergei Diagilev made Monte Carlo his residence, transforming his Ballets Russes into a permanent company and realizing his dream of bringing together the best dancers from Moscow and St Petersburg.

The course of the company has been long, passing through two World Wars, the closure after the death of its brilliant founder, changes in direction and the suspension of its activities. Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo were re-established in 1985 thanks to the intervention of Her Highness, the Princess of Hannover, who, with a passion that has deep traditions in the ruling Monegasque family, has managed to bring them back to the height of international fame.

Since 1993 its choreographer-director is Jean-Christophe Maillot, who represents a real turning point for the company. Over the years he has managed to build an original repertoire around his own creations, mixing great American masters like Lucinda Childs, Karole Armitage and William Forsythe with European choreographers like Jacopo Godani, Nacho Duato and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

«Cinderella is not only a fairy-tale character – said Prokofiev – but also a vibrant living being whose fate moves us»; this fundamentally human view is the nucleus around which  Maillot created his original choreography in 1999. The dance is joyous, lively and poetic, presenting a totally new, contemporary Cenerentola: her slipper disappears, and in its place the Prince goes in search of a girl with pure feet – which, if you think about it, is also the dancer’s strong point, from which he or she draws strength, balance and lift. The girl, led by the memory of her mother, traces her own course in search of her identity and love. The sets are by Ernest Pignon-Ernest, costumes by Jérôme Kaplan and lights by Dominique Drillot.

A process of growth and initiation also applies to Aurora, the protagonist of La Belle, created by Maillot in 2001, which won both the Nijinsky Awards for best choreographic production of the year and the Danza & Danza Award for best show of 2002, awarded by the Italian critics.

A very different Sleeping Beauty from the original edition that debuted in St Petersburg in 1890, but a version that brings to the foreground the powerfully carnal and psychological character of Perrault’s tale. Both Aurora and the Prince fear the passage to adulthood, she as the beautiful and beloved overprotected daughter of adoptive parents, he  solitary, dreamy and sad because of a domineering evil mother; the Good Fairy (the Feminine Principle) creates the encounter that saves them and frees them from their fear of becoming adults. Sets are by Ernest Pignon-Ernest, costumes by Philippe Guillotel and lights by Dominique Drillot.

The performances are realized thanks to the support of ERSEL, Founding Member of the Teatro Regio Foundation.

Cenerentola and La Belle will be presented to the public by Elisa Guzzo Vaccarino in Incontro con il Balletto to take place at the Piccolo Regio Puccini on Wednesday 1 December at 5.30 pm.

Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office of the Teatro Regio, piazza Castello 215 - Tel. 011.8815.241/242 - biglietteria@teatroregio.torino.it, at Infopiemonte-Torinocultura at the corner of via Garibaldi and piazza Castello (from Monday to Sunday: 10-18) toll-free number: 800.329329 and on line at www.vivaticket.it e www.ticket.it.
For further information: tel. 011.8815.557 and www.teatroregio.torino.it.

Torino, 24 November 2010

Teatro Regio, Comunication and Public Relation
Paola Giunti (Director), Sara Zago (Media Relation)
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