Le songe

Inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Elegant and groundbreaking, classical and innovative

Le songe is a ballet inspired by William Shakespeare’s famous comedy about desire A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in the context of a natural, and at the same time magical setting. This is what Jean-Christophe Maillot portrays in his choreography, created in 2005, with background music by Felix Mendelssohn and electronic music scores by Daniel Teruggi and Bertrand Maillot. Theatre, music and dance to stage fascinating confusion.

Sensitive, playful, ingenious, brilliant, diabolical or serious, three generations of dancers represent a bustling human microcosm that intertwines humour and wit. With this production, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, heir to the tradition created by Serge Diaghilev, asserts its traditional roots, and at the same time, its commitment to the avant-garde.

Artistic profile

Artistic director
Jean-Christophe Maillot
Coreography and mise-en-scène
Jean-Christophe Maillot
Felix Mendelssohn, Daniel Teruggi and Bertrand Maillot
Set designer
Ernest-Pignon Ernest
Costume designer
Philippe Guillotel
Light designer
Dominique Drillot


May 2018

16Wednesday20:00Turn HFee 8
17Thursday20:00Turn BFee 7
18Friday20:00Fee 7
19Saturday17:00Turn TFee 7
19Saturday21:00Turn CFee 8

Approximate running time 1h 40m

Reasons why you need to see Le songe

  1. A performance that explores the boundaries of dreams, what is real and fantasy at the same time.
  2. A ballet inspired by the music that Felix Mendelssohn composed for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
  3. Highly amusing choreography adapted from one of William Shakespeare’s best comedies.
  4. A human microcosm that intertwines humour and wit.