J-Ch. Maillot

In collaboration with the writer Jean Rouaud, Jean-Christophe Maillot revives the torments of a story connected to our nightmares. These buried experiences are resurrected and combined against a Machiavellian, family backdrop used to present a ballet of contrasts. The change from animal into human being infuses the entire work and questions our own nature. We believe that we differ from animals because of our ability to make choices. But is this all we are capable of? Are we not after all just as lost as this Prince? Jean-Christophe Maillot shows him faltering between white and black, good and evil, innocence and eroticism. Perhaps our humanity ultimately lies in this unsophisticated insatiability that defines us from our first cry - We want everything!

Choreography: Jean-Christophe Maillot
Music: Piotr Tchaïkovski
Scenography: Ernest Pignon-Ernest
Costumes: Philippe Guillotel
Dramaturgy: Jean Rouaud
Additional music: Bertrand Maillot
Lighting: Jean-Christophe Maillot and Samuel Thery
Duration: 1h55 (including an intermission)
Premiere held on December 27th 2011, Grimaldi Forum Monaco