Haunted by the memory of Nijinsky, like many choreographers before him, Marco Goecke is back with a piece named after one of the 20th century’s greatest dancers.
Since its premiere in June 2016, the powerful biopic so beautifully performed by the Gauthier Dance Company has been met with standing ovations time and time again.
The Monaco Dance Forum will be showcasing the latest offering by a choreographer it has been following for over a decade now, and who was awarded its “Nijinsky Prize” for best emerging choreographer back in 2006.
Nijinsky will be performed on December 14 and 15 at the Salle Garnier of the Monte-Carlo Opera, starting at 8 pm.
On December 16 and 17, the Ballets will be performing Viva Momix Forever, a production of particular interest to a younger audience, at the Salle Prince Pierre at the Grimaldi Forum.
This was created in 2015 to celebrate Momix’s 35th anniversary, and it’s with a spectacular collection of his most iconic and significant choreographies that Moses Pendleton, charismatic Creator and Artistic Director of the company, intends to emphasise this fundamental goal.
Momix is a company of dancer-illusionists based in Washington, Connecticut, founded in 1981 by the well-known choreographer. The new performance is a mix of brilliant beautiful choreographies, new creations and masterpieces of the company’s history: from Momix Classics, Passion, Baseball, Opus Cactus, Lunar Sea, to the recent Botanica and the latest great success of Alchemia.
[caption id="attachment_26326" align="alignnone" width="640"] Gilles Tonelli, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Thomas Greminger, Secretary General of the OSCE. Photo: DC[/caption]
Gilles Tonelli, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, spoke on a number of topics important to the Principality at the 24th Ministerial Council of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, held in Vienna on December 7 and 8.
The minister reaffirmed Monaco's commitment to the fundamental rules of international law, first and foremost the defence of human rights, the rule of law and democracy, as well as the respect for the principles of justice and peace.
Gilles Tonelli praised the OSCE's many actions in the context of the Ukrainian crisis, as well as the important efforts made to calm tensions in the region. He also reaffirmed the financial support of the Principality to the OSCE Special Observer Mission to Ukraine.
In addition, Mr Tonelli indicated that the Principality will continue its efforts to contribute, as far as it can, to the fight against “the terrorist scourge”. These efforts are reflected in the extension, for three years, of the programme that Monaco is supporting alongside UNODC, aimed at helping the Sahel countries to improve their criminal justice systems in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, and by supporting the "Octopus-Cybercrim Program" under the auspices of the Council of Europe.
Finally, Gilles Tonelli said that the Principality of Monaco remains resolutely engaged with its Mediterranean partners, notably through the extension, in 2018-2019, of a financing agreement between the Prince's Government and the OSCE on a project to ”fight against trafficking in human beings along migration routes".
This extension was signed, in the margins of the Ministerial Council, in a bilateral meeting with Ambassador Thomas Greminger, the new Secretary General of the OSCE, in the presence of Madina Jarbussynova, Special Representative and OSCE Coordinator for the fight against trafficking in human beings.
The minister was accompanied in Vienna by Ms Isabelle Berro-Amadei, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Principality of Monaco to the OSCE, and Lorenzo Ravano, First Counsellor to the Monaco Embassy in Berlin.
[caption id="attachment_26221" align="alignnone" width="640"] Cyanobacteria aggregation. Photo: Christian Fischer[/caption]
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (FPA2) signed a financing agreement on November 8 with the Chinese Foundation for the Protection of the Environment for a project that culminates at the end of this month.
On Friday, December 8, FPA2 stated that a document was signed by its Vice-President, HE Bernard Fautrier, and Fu Wenjuan, President of the Chinese Foundation for the Protection of the Environment.
The objective of this recent agreement is the funding of a project investigating cyanobacterial water blooms in Taihu Lake, China’s second-largest freshwater lake.
This project involves the in-depth study of the efflorescence of cyanobacteria – the bacteria that caused the Great Oxidation 2.4 of billion years ago, making possible the evolution of living creatures – forming "flowers of water". This phenomenon provides valuable information on the state of water pollution, and the subsequent creation of an information platform open to the general public, will constitute an educational tool as well as a working basis for scientists.
The project will end at the end of December 2017, with the submission of a survey report on the pollution of the lake.
Train service to and from Monaco Monte-Carlo was interrupted for almost two hours on the evening of Sunday, May 14, after a migrant was discovered electrocuted but alive on the roof of a TER train from Ventimiglia to Nice.
The man was discovered on TER 86050 at 6:30 pm at Carnolès station in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. He had been seriously burned on both legs, but was conscious. Rescue workers were able to remove him from the roof after the power was cut off.
Service in both directions was resumed shortly after 8 pm. A number of similar incidents have been reported in recent months, with several migrant fatalities on train roofs and in tunnels as refugees try to make their way into France from Italy.
Monaco’s bomb squad was called out on Thursday afternoon after a passenger found a package, the size of a shoebox, apparently left on a seat and raised the alarm.
At about 2:30 pm, police and members of Monaco’s specialist bomb squad boarded the bus, which had pulled over at a bus stop on boulevard d'Italie. Every precaution was taken and the bus evacuated.
Half an hour after the alarm was first raised, the all-clear was given once the security team found that the suspicious box was empty.
In other travel news: Over the Easter weekend, trucks will be banned on French highways from 10 pm on Saturday, April 15, until 10 pm on Monday, April 17.
In Italy, the prohibition will start earlier, from 2 pm until 10 pm on Friday, April 14, from 9 am until 4 pm on Saturday, from 9 am until 10 pm on Sunday and Monday, April 17.