Reposted from Monaco Reporter

Bolshoi dancers perform ballet choreographed by Maillot

Monaco Reporter — 12 September 2015
by Celina


This weekend the Russian year in the Principality will be celebrated dancing! It is the first time that soloists from the Bolshoi Ballet will perform an extract of a piece from the repertoire of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, the Pas de Deux of the balcony scene, from Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot.

Within the gilded framework of the Russian Gala that will take place September 12–13 at the Grimaldi Forum, it will be possible to discover Olga Smirnova and Artem Ovcharenko, principal dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet, in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s exemplary ballet.

During several days those two wonderful dancers worked with the famous choreographer to grab the gestures and the artistic quality of this piece where the unconditional love of those young adolescents prevails over everything and take us back to the memories of our first love.

A strong artistic link that remains with the Bolshoi Theatre and Russia, after the encounter between Jean-Christophe Maillot and Sergei Filin, Director of the Bolshoi Ballet, back in 2009, that enabled a successful teamwork. The latest collaboration was in July 2014 with Jean-Christophe Maillot’s creation of The Taming of the Shrew for the Bolshoi Ballet where Olga Smirnova danced the role of Bianca and Artem Ocharenko performed Luciento in the second partition. This premiere in the repertoire of the Ballets of Monte-Carlo will surely mark the debut of future projects with the choreographic artists of the Bolshoi Ballet.

Photo © 2015 Alice Blangero — Olga Smirnova and Artem Ovcharenko rehearsing Jean-Christophe Maillot's "Roméo et Juliette" at the Studio of Ballets De Monte Carlo