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: Emilie Lalande
Created in December 2019
Duration: 15 mn

"If no one knows when men began to make idols for themselves, we do know that they are of the highest antiquity". (VOLTAIRE)

People have always created idols. Once religious divinities, now singers, actors or bloggers... How does this need to idolise people whom we ourselves have chosen to put on a pedestal come about? Is it a vital individual need or a collective madness?

Photo: Nathalie Sternalski


Choreography: Filipe Portugal
Music: Ólafur Arnalds & Alice Sara Ott, Zoë Keating
Created in 2019 for the Cannes Jeune Ballet Rosella Hightower
Duration: 20 mn

"Creating for young dancers has always been a great challenge for me. Their desire to know more and explore all their abilities is always very apparent, and that makes the creative process really interesting and rewarding. The Jeune Ballet Rosella Hightower will give me the inspiration I need. I will be able to find their individual voices that they may not yet be aware of. It is this journey into the unknown that will make this creation exciting and intense.

I am a ballet-trained dancer and this forms the basis of my work as a choreographer. I love exploring the limits of classical dance and finding new emotions. This allows me to go further and further with my own choreographic language, inspired by what other dancers can offer me by responding to what I ask of them. It's in this dialogue between the dancers and myself that I get the results I want and expect. I can't wait to get to know the dancers of the Jeune Ballet Rosella Hightower and to begin this creation together. I feel very optimistic about this experience and I can only hope for the best of results".
Filipe Portugal

Photo: Sakher Almonem


Choreography : Francesco Nappa
Music : Peter Broderick, Max Richter
Created in 2016 for the Cannes Junior Ballet Rosella Hightower
Duration: 7 mn
2 dancers

G/S<L acronym, whose sound evokes the name of young Giselle, is in fact the acronym of the story she is the protagonist of.

Giselle, sick at heart and sick with love, with love for Albrecht .

A pas de deux made of passion, of confidence and at the same time a trap, an infinite dance beyond death. 

The acronym ends in <L (less than love). The most powerful of forces prevails ; what kills her is what saves her. As though in a forest, twittering accompanies the couple in an atmosphere that makes it hard to distinguish whether the two protagonists have already crossed the threshold of death.

Photo: Nathalie Sternalski


Choreography: Jean Charles Gil
Duration: 25 mn

Let's Go, a moment of life in mutation.
Just as these young girls in their tulle veils evoke the cocoon of childhood in the image of Degas's dancers, an ordered collective dynamic takes shape and autonomous dazzle takes over.
It's by putting on pointe shoes that real teenagers become women in the making, daring to experiment with the first signs of femininity, pushing their personalities to blossom LET'S GO...
As gentle troublemakers, the boys mingle with them, acting like real horsemen.

Photo: Nathalie Sternalski


Choreography after Marius Petipa
Music: Édouard Deldevez
Revival from 1881
Duration: 7 mn
6 dancers

Paquita is a ballet in 2 acts and 3 tableaux by Joseph Mazilier and Paul Foucher, with music by Édouard Deldevez. It premiered at the Paris Opéra on 1 April 1846, with Carlotta Grisi and Lucien Petipa in the lead roles. The plot takes place in picturesque nineteenth-century Spain. The Spanish subject glorifies the military campaigns of the First Empire and echoes the sensibilities of the time, marked by the travels of French painters and writers to Spain.

Breaking away from the dreamlike themes of the ballet blanc, Paquita enjoyed considerable success thanks to the brilliance of its performers and the many Spanish dances that make up the ballet. It was revived several times, notably by Marius Petipa for the Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre in 1847.
The Cannes Jeune Ballet Rosella Hightower presents an adaptation of the famous Pas de trois.

Photo: Francesco Curci


Choreography: Francesco Curci
Music: Philip Glass, Parno Graszt, Ludwig van Beethoven

During the creative process, the intention was to freeze every emotion, feeling and thought in each of us in something that we hope will only be a memory.
The piece becomes a reflection of a piece of life that humanity has been forced to endure and the state of contradiction and confusion that we still suffer from today. In the end, deep inside us, the flame of freedom, though fragile, is still lit in our hearts and we simply wait to be able to "live again".

Photo: Nathalie Sternalski


Choreography: Davide Bombana

Photo: Nathalie Sternalski


Choreography: Didy Veldman
Music : Julia Kent, Terry Ripley Kronos Quartet
Created in 2021 for the Cannes Junior Ballet Rosella Hightower
Duration: 20 mn
13 dancers

Terra is a reflection on the elements currently dominating our globalised world. With the dancers, we explored measure, the reduction of the floor’s surface, borders and pollution, inspired by climate change and Covid-19. I wanted to tackle the current crisis and express it with them, in both a powerful and beautiful way.

Photo: Patrick Massabo