The repertoire of the Cannes Junior Ballet blends ballets from the great ballet repertoire, creations by emerging choreographers, and reprises or creations by recognised choreographers. It is revisited every year to introduce novelty and enrich the knowledge of our young dancers.


Choreography: Davide Bombana
Music: J-S Bach
Duration: 25 mn
19 dancers

"The art of the fugue has always fascinated me for its complexity, but also and above all for the great emotion that this sublime music conveys.
I generally find Bach's music ideal for dance, and in the case of 'The Art of the Fugue' we are faced with the maturity of a genius, even if death prevented Johann Sebastian Bach from completing the piece. We were never really sure either of the exact order of the fugues or of the type of instruments or ensemble that should have been used.
All this lends a sense of mystery and fragmentary quality that makes the music even more irresistible.
I use several of the various musical versions of the piece for my ballet, but the ballet begins and ends with the harpsichord. The ballet has no story, I simply let myself be led through this labyrinth of 'Themes and Variations' letting the dance, in its purest and most abstract form, speak through its beauty, its dynamics, its pulsations."

Photo: Nathalie Sternalski


Choreography: Julien Ficelly
Music: Created by Anthony Rouchier
Duration: 15 mn
10 dancers

Through musical filigrees freely inspired by Beethoven's 7th Symphony, the dancers weave an imaginary space, an in-between situated somewhere between the reality of sound and the real presence of bodies on stage. A rhythm won (Beat Win) for an invented space (Between) at once precise, distended, compact and unbound... A search for paradoxes where the play of light blends in, the better to confuse dreamt and invented spaces. A journey where the path is the only end, the story of an itinerary that flirts with the reverse side of the musical framework.

Photo: Nathalie Sternalski


Choreography: Jean-Christophe Maillot
Music: Meredith Monk
Revival of repertoire created in 2000
Duration: 20 mn
20 dancers

In Opus 40, created in April 2000, Jean-Christophe Maillot returned to more intimate work in the vein of ballets such as Dov'é la Luna and Vers un Pays Sage.
He continues to explore his own choreographic vocabulary, which he develops in the informal world of the American painter George Condo to the experimental music of Meredith Monk.

"The sophisticated writing, the bitter-sweet interplay between the couples, and the sudden interruption of the work, while one couple is still dancing, give the feeling of a piece cut out of the material of time that is slipping away".
Les Saisons de la Danse - June 2000 - Philippe Verrièle

Photo: Nathalie Sternalski


Choreography: Francesco Curci
Music: Kenya Dubois (Blink) Manuel Wandjil (Strange way) Mogwai (Cody)
Duration: 20 mn
15 to 20 dancers

What if we could live forever in eternal youth?
In this piece, the choreographer develops his questions about eternal life and its positive and negative impacts... Would we be capable of constantly reinventing ourselves, while leaving behind the people we love and care about?

Photo: Nathalie Sternalski


Choreography: Christophe Garcia
Music: Laurier Rajotte
Duration: 7 mn
2 dancers

This duo stops for a moment in the journey of two young men.
They are linked by a history, by a past, but above all by a shared desire to move forward.
They lean on each other, accompany each other, support each other and move forward... Liveliness, impulsiveness and exaltation intersect with doubt, downfalls and dead ends.

Photo: Nathalie Sternalski


Choreography: Auguste Bournonville
Music: Matthias Strebinger
Duration: 10mn
2 dancers

Danish dancer and choreographer Auguste Bournonville (1805-1879) created more than fifty ballets. Contrary to the trend in Romantic ballet at the time, Bournonville did not place male dance in the background of female dance, but gave the dancer equal importance with the ballerina. He remained faithful to the grace, lightness and linked movements of the French style. With no portés, the pas de deux emphasised the interplay between the dancers.

The "Pas de deux" from La Fête des fleurs à Genzano is one of his most accomplished choreographies set against the backdrop of a love duet. Through the lightness of the steps and repeated jumps, he developed a complex technique with sublime results that have become a benchmark in the ballet school.

Photo: Nathalie Sternalski


Choreography: Ben Van Cauwenbergh
Music: Jacques Brel
Duration: 3mn

Photo: Nathalie Sternalski


Choreographer: Repertoire
Music: Adolphe Adam
Duration: 8 mn
2 dancers

Photo: Nathalie Sternalski