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Atelier des Ballets de Monte-Carlo

 “More than a mere place, this building is a veritable work tool, an open space where people and ideas circulate, breathe...” Inaugural speech by Jean-Christophe Maillot, Choreographer and Director of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, 10 December 1998.

Officially opened in the presence of Prince Rainier III and H.R.H. The Princess of Hanover, the Atelier is the workshop of the Monegasque ballet company. Created in a former sawmill with over 4,000 m2 of floor space, it brings together dancers, artistic, technical and administrative teams under one roof.
Two architects, Daniel Raymond and Sophie Nivaggioni, worked with Jean-Christophe Maillot to design the space painstakingly, almost to the last millimetre, taking account of the highly specific requirements of dancers and the various trades working in the live performance sector. After a great deal of careful thought, they finally came up with this well-balanced, practical space that remains true to the ballet company’s image: rigorous straight lines, ample and transparent volumes, reminding everyone at all times that the Atelier is not just a place of hard work and technical precision, but also a laboratory for a team of people to experiment and innovate.
The Atelier is also a living environment and a home. For the dancers, their place of work is where they spend most of their lives, devoting themselves wholly to their art, without counting the hours. “We demand from them rigour, quality, performance and intelligence,” explains Jean-Christophe Maillot. 
“In turn, we had to provide them with the means to satisfy those demands: comfort, ease, relaxation, spacious areas to rest and work... It is luxurious, certainly, but commensurate with them and what is expected of them. As we all know: an “athlete’s” environment is one of the conditions for their success.” Finally, with the administrative, artistic and technical teams all together at one site, they are truly able to work together. The Atelier allows Les Ballets to embody the dual nature of the Principality of Monaco itself, as both a stage for glittering spectacle and a place of work and rigour, reflecting the Monegasque government’s great esteem for those who contribute to its global renown and prestige.

Atelier des Ballets de Monte-Carlo 
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www.balletsdemontecarlo.com