[caption id="attachment_24939" align="alignnone" width="640"] Le Songe. Photo: Alice Blangero/Facebook Ballets De MonteCarlo[/caption]
The Ballets de Monte-Carlo were on tour in China, from November 3 to 11, to present Le Songe and Lac, choreographies by Jean-Christophe Maillot, and enjoyed a huge success.
On November 3 and 4, the Company was invited for the first time to the Macao Cultural Centre, which was founded in 1999 when Macao became part of China after 400 years as a Portuguese colony. Well-endowed with international programming, it is recognised for its quality and innovation in theatre, music, dance, opera, exhibitions, and conferences.
The two performances of Le Songe, choreography by Jean-Christophe Maillot, a play written in 2005 and danced 73 times around the world, received a very enthusiastic welcome from the Chinese public on each evening.
From November 8 to 11, Les Ballets were in Guangzhou for four performances, in the prestigious Guangzhou Opera House, the 46,000 sqm architectural achievement designed by architect Zaha Hadid which was inaugurated in May 2010.
This was the second time that the Ballets de Monte-Carlo has been invited to perform at the Guangzhou Opera House, thanks to the trust established over almost 20 years with the president of the Chinese production company Beijing Joyway Promotions, Jurek Zhang Ligang.
Lac, created in 2011 by Jean-Christophe Maillot and already danced 85 times worldwide since its creation, was presented for the first time in Guangzhou and for the third time in China, after Shanghai and Beijing in 2013.
On the sidelines of the performances, the Monaco Tourism and Congress Bureau, based in Beijing, promoted the destination Monaco to guests: journalists, and travel agencies.
Monaco town hall has announced that a few tickets are still available for the Aldebert "Childishness 3" free concert Wednesday at 3 pm at Espace Léo Ferré. Organised as part of the National Day celebrations, the show is for children ages 5 to 10. To pick up tickets, call +377 93 10 12 10.
Later on Wednesday, at 7 pm, students of the Rainier III Academy present their Autumn Concert at the Théâtre des Variétés. Families and music lovers are welcome to encourage Monaco’s young musicians. Free admission, no reservation necessary.
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The mairie also shared that on Saturday, November 11, as part of the traditional Remembrance Day ceremony, the mayor and the communal council laid a wreath at the King Albert I monument on blvd de Belgique. Following this, they placed another wreath at the Monument to the Dead, which was unveiled in 1928 for the Monegasques who fell during the war, at the Monaco Cemetery.
Robert Calcagno, Director of the Oceanographic Museum, has written a book "Sea Turtles, The Great Odyssey", which will be published on November 22.
The 144-page book, which includes a preface from Prince Albert, looks at the mistreatment by humans and how the reptiles suffer from most of the pressures exerted on the marine environment, from the coast to the high seas: urbanisation, overfishing, collisions, pollution, the accumulation of plastic and other dangers.
For the first time in their long history, they may not survive the profound changes they face.
Robert Calcagno served as Minister of the Environment of the Principality between 2006 and 2009, before taking over the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco in 2009. He organises and hosts many international meetings – his favourite themes involve ocean governance, marine protected areas, the protection of sharks and the preservation of the biodiversity of the deep seabed – with the goal of mobilising political and socio-economic players and creating synergies with the community.
In keeping with Mr Calcagno’s commitment to putting his ideas into practice, sea turtles will soon benefit from a care centre in Monaco, currently under construction as an extension of the Oceanographic Museum. Located in the open air, it will consist of a clinic and a convalescence basin, allowing injured turtles to recover in peace. Visitors will be able to observe these animals and understand their fragility.
Mr Calcagno is the author of several books for the general public.
Thursday 28 September, 6.30 pm, Rainier III Auditorium – Troparium
Musical Happy Hour: chamber music concert by the Goldberg Trio, comprising Liza Kerob (violin), Federico Andres Hood (alto) and Thierry Amadi (cello). The programme features Jean Françaix, Albert Roussel and Jean Cras
Information: +377 98 06 28 28