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Inside Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo Photographic Exhibition Offers Rare Look Behind the Scenes of Famous Company

Friday, January 15th, 2016
Chris Roelandt
Chris Roelandt backstage, 2011 © Alice Blangero

On view – free and open to the public – for the first time in the U.S.A.  at Christie’s Rockefeller Center
February 17-21

This winter, New Yorkers won’t need a fairy godmother to taste the good life. Monaco Takes New York (February 15-21, 2016), a week-long celebration of the Principality, will be showcasing some of the best Monaco has to offer. While Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo will delight dance lovers with Cinderella at New York City Center, a companion exhibition of behind-the-scenes photographs at the New York headquarters of world-renowned auctioneers, Christie’s, will take visitors on an intimate backstage tour.

On exhibition for the first time in the United States, twenty photographs by Monaco-born Alice Blangero take us Inside Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo as she captures the innermost moments of the company’s work. While some of the photos focus on dancers waiting in the wings or backstage during a performance, most of them show the dancers during everyday rehearsals.

“That first phase of creation and rehearsal offers me proximity and an insight to the dancers and the choreographer that the stage doesn’t allow,” explained Blangero.

These limited edition prints, signed by the artist, are available for purchase*. A price list is available at Christie’s front desk or via email at All proceeds will benefit Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo. Please direct all inquiries to that same email. (*sale transactions handled through the Consulate General of Monaco, not through Christie’s).


Born in Monaco in 1979, Alice Blangero first became interested in the art of portraiture photography before moving to Paris between 2005 and 2010 to immerse herself in the world of musicians, actors and artists. In 2010, she had her first collaboration with Jean-Christophe Maillot for the centenary celebrations of the Russian Ballet.
It was through this project that she discovered ballet as an artistic medium whose goals of portraying emotion and artistic sensitivity aligned with her own desires for her work.

Inside Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo is on view from Wednesday through Sunday, February 17-21 at Christie’s Rockefeller Center (Lobby Gallery), 20 Rockefeller Plaza (at West 49th Street). Free and open to the public, Wed-Sat: 10:00am-5:00pm / Sun: 1:00pm-5:00pm.

‘Inside Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo’ is part of the ‘Monaco Takes New York’ series of events (February 15-21) presented by the Consulate General of Monaco and Monaco Government Tourist Office in New York, with the support of the Embassy of Monaco to the United States. Highlights of the week include four performances of Cinderella by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo at New York City Center (Feb. 18-20), with an opening night VIP reception hosted by Cartier, and Flavors of Monaco, a farm-to-table Monégasque culinary week with guest Chef Paolo Sari at Circo and Le Cirque restaurants (Feb. 15-20).

Interviews with Alice Blangero, Jean-Christophe Maillot and Chef Sari are available by prior request, as are accompanying images. Please contact Karla Modolo on 212-286 0500 or visit or email

About Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
This distinguished company of 50 dancers consistently delights audiences with breathtaking performances on the world’s greatest stages, thus highlighting the Principality’s cultural and artistic virtues. Les Ballets became the official company of the Principality of Monaco in 1985, founded by Her Royal Highness The Princess of Hanover in accordance with the wishes of her mother, Princess Grace of Monaco. Since 1993, under the direction of Jean-Christophe Maillot, the company has continued to delight international audiences with award-winning, awe-inspiring performances.

Visiting Chef from Top Monte-Carlo Hotel Introduces New Yorkers to All Organic Monegasque Cuisine

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Paolo Sari

Week-long culinary celebration brings the ‘Flavors of Monaco’ to New York – February 15-20

This winter, New Yorkers won’t need a fairy godmother to taste the good life. Monaco Takes New York (February 15-21, 2016), a week-long celebration of the Principality, will be showcasing some of the best Monaco has to offer. While Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo will delight dance lovers with Cinderella at New York City Center, New York epicures will be treated to their own Monégasque experience, right across the street from the theater, at the famed Osteria del Circo.


For over 150 years, Monte-Carlo SBM has been reliably delivering a unique lifestyle, an unparalleled tradition of hospitality and legendary savoir-faire, highly renowned and esteemed by a modern and demanding international clientele. The resort includes four casinos (including the famed Casino de Monte-Carlo), four hotels (Hôtel de Paris, Hôtel Hermitage, Monte-Carlo Beach, Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort), and 33 restaurants totaling six Michelin stars. Monte-Carlo SBM’s range of services extends to culture, entertainment and nightlife with several theaters (including the Sporting Monte-Carlo and the Opera House’s Salle Garnier), health and well-being with the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, and sports with the Monte-Carlo Golf Club and Monte-Carlo Country Club.


Part of the Relais & Châteaux brand since its renovation by interior designer Madhavi in 2009, the vintage-style 5-star hotel offers a modern experience, combining the spirit of the Riviera’s golden era with the intimacy of a luxury resort. The hotel features a sea water pool, a private beach with an array of water sports and activities and 40 rooms, each with a view of the Mediterranean Sea.

As part of a group-wide initiative launched by Monte-Carlo SBM, the Monte-Carlo Beach is strongly committed to sustainable development and received the Green Globe Certification in 2014, an internationally recognized certification program designed for the travel and luxury tourism industry. One of the key actions of the hotel is the “Beach Goes Bio” concept, guaranteeing all organic and locally produced cuisine, making Elsa the first 100% organic restaurant to receive a Michelin star.


It all started in 1974 when Sirio Maccioni opened what was destined to become a New York landmark – Le Cirque. For over 40 years, Le Cirque has offered an unparalleled dining experience, earning its place on New York’s gastronomical landscape. Staying very much a family-owned business, Sirio’s sons followed in their father’s footsteps and can be seen working at Le Cirque’s multiple locations and sister restaurants, including Osteria del Circo.

Osteria del Circo has been “a family affair” since it opened in 1996, a Maccioni family collaboration between Sirio, his wife Egidiana and their sons, Mauro and Marco. Circo offers upscale Italian fare served in a lively, sophisticated setting reminiscent of the old-style European circus tents which inspired the restaurant’s name.

In addition to the original New York restaurants, Le Cirque is also located in Las Vegas, Casa de Campo, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and opening soon in Dubai, and Circo can be found in Casa de Campo, Southampton, Abu Dhabi and opening soon in Dallas, Orlando and Doha. /


From Monday, February 15 through Saturday, February 20, renowned restaurants Circo and Le Cirque will host Flavors of Monaco – a Monégasque culinary week in association with luxury hospitality group Monte-Carlo SBM. Chef Paolo Sari, Executive Chef of the Monte-Carlo Beach modafinil-buy.comwill bring his innovative and avant-garde farm-to-table style to create the week’s prix-fixe all organic menus at the Maccioni family’s landmark eateries: lunch and dinner at Circo, dinner only at Le Cirque – as well as a 5-course degustation menu.


Venice-born Paolo Sari has been running the kitchens of the Five-starred Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel since 2012. In just over a year, his seasonal, quality-oriented approach to cooking earned the hotel’s restaurant Elsa (named after American writer Elsa Maxwell) its first Michelin star – making Elsa the world’s only 100% organic Michelin-starred restaurant. Sari imposes an absolute 100% organic rule to everything that comes into the kitchen. His “healthy mind in a healthy body” approach starts with the careful selection of produce from his own vegetable garden in the hills above Monaco and from farms in neighboring villages. “Organic is a true way of life for us; it represents excellence in both taste and health. It brings wellbeing to the palate, the body and the mind,” says Sari.


On the menu for Flavors of Monaco week will be a selection of dishes combining the culinary influences of southern France and Italy and incorporating the Northeast U.S. local products for a seasonal “menu du marché” flair. All ingredients will be selected from local organic farms or fished in open waters. Chef Sari’s careful selection of ingredients is epitomized in his signature “bio sama” dish of seasonal vegetables and herbs. Menu selections will also include local red mullet roasted “Riviera-style,” asparagus, egg and truffle over crispy potatoes and fondue, and Elsa’s signature soufflé.


A Dinner & Ballet package is available for the evenings of February 18, 19 and 20. Priced at $145 per person, the package includes a 3-course prix-fixe Flavors of Monaco dinner at Circo with a complimentary glass of champagne, a premium orchestra seat at Cinderella by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo at New York City Center and a ballet souvenir program autographed by choreographer, Jean-Christophe Maillot.


To make reservations for Flavors of Monaco, please contact:

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‘Flavors of Monaco’ is part of the ‘Monaco Takes New York’ series of events (February 15-21) presented by the Consulate General of Monaco and Monaco Government Tourist Office in New York, with the support of the Embassy of Monaco to the United States. Highlights of the week include four performances of Cinderella by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo at New York City Center (Feb. 18-20), with an opening night VIP reception hosted by Cartier, and a companion photo exhibition at Christie’s (Feb. 17-21).


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The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Award Ceremony 2014

Monday, October 13th, 2014


RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFORNIA – October 13, 2014 – Against the backdrop of the magnificent setting of the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in California’s Rancho Mirage, the seventh annual Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation’s Award Ceremony, followed by a Gala Dinner, was staged on October 12, attended by more than 200 VIP guests from around the world in the presence of Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco.

The Prince Albert II of Foundation’s Awards recipients were recognized for their exemplary commitment and dedication in support of the world’s natural environment and sustainable development in each of the Foundation’s three priority areas: the preservation of biodiversity; climate change; and access to water and the fight against desertification.

HSH Prince Albert told the dignitaries and invited guests that since it was first established in 2006, his Foundation has taken part in more than 300 projects across the globe. He also highlighted that “Time is running out, each year counts, each decade which passes by makes these alarming prospects more probable. Time is running out and political decisions are slow in coming. That is why, to encourage them, speed them up and support them, we more than ever need bold initiatives and an audacity of spirit, like those we are honouring this evening. This is the whole meaning of today’s ceremony – to encourage and support, to highlight that it is possible to do something. In view of the urgency of this action, our primary duty is to regain hope. This is the purpose of this Foundation and its commitment worldwide.”

The Master of Ceremonies, renowned actor, activist and environmentalist, Ted Danson officially announced this year’s three Laureates prior to the official presentation of the award by the Sovereign Prince:

The “Climate Change” Award was presented to Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (Australia), an internationally renowned scientist specializing in coral reef biology with a special focus on the impact of climate change on marine ecosystems. Founder and director of the University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute, Professor Hoegh-Guldberg is the Coordinating Lead Author for the ‘Oceans’ chapter for the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Professor Hoegh-Guldberg said the world is seeing the signs that ocean waters are becoming too warm for the reef building corals that underpin these great rainforests of the sea. “Despite the current depressing challenges, I believe that we will tackle and solve the climate change issue within the next few decades. I say this partially because there is no alternative – there is no other planet upon which we can survive if this one gets too hot or too dry or too violent. Not dealing with climate change is not an option. I would like to recognise and thank His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II for showing such inspirational leadership on climate change and other matters of great international importance. His dedication to environmental protection is an inspiration to the world.”

The “Water Award” was presented to Mr. Ma Jun (People’s Republic of China), a journalist and environmentalist known for having conducted an investigation on water and river pollution in China. In 2006 he founded the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, an NGO that highlights corporate behaviours with regard to pollution and the negative environmental impact, whether small or large scale, local or multinational.

In his video message, Mr. Jun stressed that the problem of water management today cannot be solved without extensive help from the world community. “Social progress including raising awareness and increasing activities by NGOs is necessary. It is a unique opportunity for stakeholders to come together , and together I believe we can solve this problem.”

The “Biodiversity Award” honored the work of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. The Award was accepted on their behalf by the organisation’s Program Officer, Mrs. Caroline Pollock. The IUCN Red List, published for the first time in 1964, is considered as the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of plant and animal species. In its 50th anniversary year, the IUCN Red List, continuously researches solutions to protect the world’s natural heritage, and to advise on conservation actions that can be taken, both at a regional and international level, to reduce or prevent extinction of threatened species.

During her acceptance speech, Mrs Caroline Pollock said the IUCN Red List gives biodiversity a voice to tell us where we need to focus our attention most urgently to address real, life-threatening issues: “I say “life-threatening” because it has often been said that species are the building blocks of life on Earth; the more species we lose, the unhealthier our planet becomes. Right now, the IUCN Red List Partners are using their global networks of volunteer scientists to assess at least 160,000 species by the year 2020. We are profoundly grateful to His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco for this Award. This support and recognition will help speed our progress towards achieving the goal of making The IUCN Red List a true barometer of life.”

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco presented a “Special Award” to Dr. Sylvia A. Earle to honour her remarkable personal involvement for the preservation of the oceans and her career as an internationally recognized oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer.

Appointed as an Ocean Elder, Patron of IUCN and ARKive, Dr. Earle also serves as National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence, the Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc., Founder of Mission Blue and SEAlliance and formerly the Chief Scientist of NOAA.

The seventh Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Award ceremony acknowledges and thanks the generous support of:


 The 17th Board of Directors’ Meeting

On the same day as the Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner, H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince presided over the seventeenth meeting of his Foundation’s Board of Directors. The meeting enabled the Board to examine the state of progress of projects supported by the Foundation, to approve the 2015 estimated budget and to look at fourteen projects that may be launched thanks to funding from the Foundation.  The Presidents of the Foundation’s foreign branches also attended the meeting and had the opportunity to present their activities to the Board members.

Events in Los Angeles – October 9, 2014

Prior to the events organized in Palm Springs at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The Tiffany & Co. Foundation to cement their mutual dedication and commitment to the preservation and conservation of the oceans. The signatories were H.E. Bernard Fautrier, Vice President and CEO, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Mr. J.B. Kelly, III, President of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation-USA, and Mrs. Anisa Kamadoli Costa, Chairman and President, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation. The gathering, which included Mr. Michael J. Kowalski, Chairman and CEO of Tiffany & Co., and members of Monaco’s consular corps, was welcomed to the signing by H.E. Maguy Maccario Doyle, Monaco’s Ambassador to the USA.

The US chapter of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation held a private fundraising event at the Soho House of Beverly Hills. The dinner event hosted by Ron Burkle, Steven Mnuchin and James Coleman raised over $300,000. These funds will help the USA Foundation to carry out projects that support the promotion of renewable energies, safeguarding biodiversity and managing water resources and combat desertification.

About the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation  

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, created by H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince in June 2006, is dedicated to the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development. The Foundation has three priority objectives: to limit the effects of climate change, to safeguard biodiversity and to protect water resources. The Foundation supports initiatives by public and private organisations in the fields of research and studies, technological innovation and socially-aware practices. For more information: Facebook:  Twitter:

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Awards presented in previous years

2008 in Monaco           Climate Change Award: Alain Hubert

Biodiversity Award: Dr Jane Goodall

Water Award: Sunita Narain

2009 in Monaco           Climate Change Award: Marina Silva

Biodiversity Award: Prof. Edward Osborne Wilson

Water Award: Pan Yue

2010 in Shanghai       Climate Change Award: Prof. James Lovelock

Biodiversity Award: Dr Peter Hamilton Raven

Water Award: Prof. Malin Falkenmark

Special Award: Wang Shi


2011 in Monaco           Climate Change Award: David Suzuki

Biodiversity Award: Gretchen Daily

Water Award: Andras Szollosi-Nagy


2012 in London            Climate Change Award: Jean Jouzel

Biodiversity Award: Sir David Attenborough

Water Award: Stockholm International Water Institute, SIWI

2013 in Monaco          
Climate Change Award: Dr Jane Lubchenco

Biodiversity Award: Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)

Water Award: Prof John Antony Allan

Photo credit – (C) Gatean Luci, Palais Princier