Les Ballets de Monte Carlo was founded in 1985 by princess Caroline of Monaco, who wanted to revive the legendary Ballets Russes de Monte-Carlo (1932-1940). Ever since former NDT dancer Jean-Yves Esquerre became the artistic director of the company in 1987, there has been a close connection between the ensemble and Jiří Kylián.
A connection that became even stronger under Jean-Christophe Maillot — artistic director since 1993. The company triumphed with a comprehensive Kylián programme on the occasion of its 30 year anniversary. This programme was comprised of Bella Figura, Gods and Dogs and Chapeau and can now be seen in Celebrating Kylián!