Born in 1960, Jean-Christopher Maillot studied at the National Conservatoire of Tours before joining ESDC Rosella Hightower in Cannes and competing in the Prix de Lausanne. He was then hired by John Neumeier joining Hamburg Ballet where he danced for five years before an accident brought his career as a dancer to a premature end.
He was appointed Director and Choreographer at Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Tours in 1983 creating 20 ballets and in 1985 founding the Dance Festival ‘The Choreography’. He created The Miraculous Mandarin for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo in 1987 and became Artistic Advisor to the Company for the 1992-1993 before being appointed Artistic Director in September 1993.
He has created nearly 30 ballets with Les Ballets de Monte Carlo including: Towards a Wise Country, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, La Belle, The Dream, Altro Canto, Faust, LAC, CHORE, Casse-Noisette Compagnie. Many of these ballets are now in the repertoire of major international companies including the Royal Swedish Ballet, the Stuttgart Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. In 2014, he created for the Bolshoï Ballet Theatre, The Taming of the Shrew, it’s the first time that the Bolshoï invites a foreign choreographer to create with the Company a narrative ballet for an entire evening. He has also staged operas including: Faust (National Theatre of Hesse) and Norma (Opéra Monte Carlo) as well as directed choreography in movies including: Cinderella and The Dream.
In 2011, dance in Monaco underwent a major and historical change. Under the presidency of H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover, the Ballets de Monte-Carlo now incorporates the Ballets de Monte-Carlo Company, the Monaco Dance Forum and the Princess Grace Academy under a single organisation. Jean-Christophe Maillot was appointed head of this organisation which now unites the excellence of an international company, the benefits of a multi-format festival and the potential of a high-level school.