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: Jean Christophe Maillot
Music: Claudio Monterverdi, Biagio Marini, Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger

Halfway between the statuary of cathedrals and the chiaroscuro of Georges de La Tour, Altro Canto is a piece that exalts the androgynous body in movement by embracing the dramatic accents of Monteverdi's Magnificat. Although Jean-Christophe Maillot does not develop a particular theme to guide his ballet, the Italian composer's score is the real lifeblood. The music flows through the dancers and resonates within them. The bodies vibrate, sway, undulate and rise, only to plunge again the next moment into a spiritual quest that is as religious as it is pagan.

Photo: Mario Sguotti


Choreography: Angelin Prejlocaj
Music: Bach, Balbastre, Purcell

In Larmes blanches, Angelin Preljocaj opts for virtuosity. The dry gestures deploy their energy in reduced volumes, demanding maximum speed and sudden stops, a flawless memory. The phrases, danced in unison, forbid the slightest shift in rhythm, scale and space. Bodies and gestures are duplicated, but it is the antagonisms that are striking: the asymmetry of the costumes, the tug-of-war between rounded ports and oblique gestures, the opposition between harpsichord and electro-acoustic, between white lace and black leather. Yet the dance, imbued with Baroque élan, refrains from all joy, and the flesh, confronted with the dryness of the plucked strings, cannot languish. But the few moments when tenderness is sketched out stir nostalgia for a place where emotion was possible: the mechanics are there only to mask the absence, and the multiplication of bodies performing the same gestures draws, in abyme, the reflection of a forgotten world.

Photo: Sakher Almonem


Choreography: Maurice Béjart
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach

Maurice Béjart's ballet takes up the theme of the Annunciation to a score by Johann Sebastian Bach in which joy bursts forth. According to the choreographer, "the angel appears to Mary and predicts the birth of a son, a divine incarnation that energises the universe, transfigured like this music that transcends the human". With this music, Béjart wanted a very pure choreography, sublimated by wide, undulating movements.

Photo: Mario Sguotti


Choreography: Lukas Timulak
Music: Gustavo Santaolalla - Hauschka , Callino Quartet (Arvo Pärt)
Created in 2018 for the Cannes Jeune Ballet Rosella Hightower
Duration: 20 mn
10 dancers

It's human nature to seek out new experiences, new situations and new places. Sometimes we find destinations, but rarely a place that satisfies us for good. In 'A place Between', Lukas Timulak explores these fleeting moments. A moment between two moments in life, or a place between birth and death. We are always in the middle of something.

Photo: Nathalie Sternalski


Choreography: José Martinez
Music: Frédéric Chopin, Francis Poulenc, Camille St Saëns

"We often meet our destiny by paths we took to avoid it" Jean de La Fontaine.

José Martinez's Soli-Ter is none other than three solos, choreographed to the music of three composers: Frédéric Chopin, Francis Poulenc and Camille Saint-Saëns. The theme of each is the destiny of a single man, which can be different depending on the path you take.

Photo: Nathalie Sternalski