Jean-Christophe Maillot explores the development of artificial intelligence in present-day society

The Ballets de Monte-Carlo offer us Coppél-i.A, a new work in which their choreographer and director Jean-Christophe Maillot revisits the famous Romantic ballet to explore the world of robots and reflect on the development of artificial intelligence in present-day society. 

Coppélia, the emblematic classical ballet on which it is based, was created in 1870 by Arthur Saint-León and Léo Delibes and inspired by E. T. A. Hoffmann's tale Der Sandmann. 

Coppél-i.A. projects the audience into a near future, showing us how two young lovers, Frantz and Swanhilda, discover carnal love in a society which demands ever more progress, safety and hygiene. As eroticism bursts into their lives, an artificial being undermines their certainties and challenges everything they thought they knew about love.  

Jean-Christophe Maillot breathes life and feelings into the puppet created by Dr Coppélius, endowing it with a human nature that goes beyond realistic movements.  

In this performance Maillot stresses the story as much as the dancing. The characters are carefully portrayed and Delibes' music is enriched and given a more contemporary air to underline their feelings.  

Is our ideal partner a being empowered by artificial intelligence which questions our status as members of the human species? In an age when proposed revisions to the Japanese constitution include the rights of robots, the question no longer belongs to the realm of science fiction: it is a reality which raises doubts and calls for a debate on the limits of artificial intelligence.  

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Ballet in 2 acts
World premiere: 27/12/2019 by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo in the Salle des Princes at the Grimaldi Forum  

  • Approximate running time 1h 51min
    • First act 44min
    • Interval 30min
    • Second act 37min

Artistic profile

Jean-Christophe Maillot
Original music and arrangements of music by Léo Delibes
Bertrand Maillot
Set and costume design
Aimée Moreni
Samuel Thery i Jean-Christophe Maillot
Jean-Christophe Maillot i Geoffroy Staquet
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo


26, 28 and 30 July
27 and 29 (5pm) July
29 (9pm) July
26, 28, 29 (9pm) and 30 July
27 and 29 (5pm) July
26, 28 and 29 (9pm) July
27, 29 (5pm) and 30 July
26, 28 and 29 (9pm) de July
27, 29 (5pm) and 30 July
La Mère de Swanilda (La Notable)
26, 28 and 29 (9pm) July
27, 29 (5pm) and 30 July
Le Confident de Swanilda
26, 28 and 29 (9pm) July
27, 29 (5pm) and 30 July

July 2023

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