Jean-Christophe Maillot

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Jean-Christophe Maillot (born 1960) is a French dancer and choreographer born in Tours.

Early life and education[edit]

He studied at the dance conservatory in Tours before enrolling at the École supérieure de danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower, where Rosella Hightower was his primary teacher.[1]


Maillot was invited by John Neumeier to join the Hamburg Ballet in 1978, where he became a soloist and stayed until 1983, when an accident ended his career as a dancer.[2]

In 1983, he became the choreographer and director of the Ballet du Grand Théâtre in Tours. Since 1993, and on the appointment of Her Royal Highness Caroline, Princess of Hanover, he has been the artistic director of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo.

He helped Princess Caroline design the bridesmaids costumes at the wedding of her brother.


Works created for Les Ballets des Monte-Carlo:[3] Bêtes Noires; Home, Sweet Home; Dov’è la Luna; Vers un Pays Sage; Roméo et Juliette; Recto Verso; L’Île; Cendrillon; Entrelacs; Oeil pour oeil; La Belle; D’une rive à l’autre; Miniatures; Le Songe; Altro Canto; Casse-Noisette Circus (2000). For the Bolshoi Theater, he created The Taming of The Shrew.

Distinctions & awards[edit]

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife, Valentine, have three children, born between 1986-1992.[4] His daughter, Juliette Dol, is a French actress.[5]


  1. ^ Kaye, Elizabeth: "Kaye, Elizabeth (6 October 1996). "Provocative Ballet by Way of Tough Love". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 May 2010.," The New York Times, 6 October 1996.
  2. ^ Benois de la danse 2007: Jean-Christophe Maillot
  3. ^ Program for the Pacific Northwest Ballet's 2009 production of Roméo et Juliette
  4. ^ "This Cinderella Wears a Simple Ivory Frock," The New York Times, 27 April 2003
  5. ^ Juliette Dol on IMDb