‘Lac’

    During the 21 years he’s been director-choreographer of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Jean-Christophe Maillot has made 34 original ballets for this acclaimed company of 50. They first came to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts two years ago with Maillot’s lovely contemporary version of “Cinderella.” They returned in March to perform “Lac,” the dance-maker’s dark revision of the 19th century classic “Swan Lake.” Maillot used sections of the original score by Peter Tchaikovsky, and the ballet had a minimalist scenic design by Ernest Pignon-Ernest. In this version, the evil wizard Rothbart is a woman who’s called Her Majesty of the Night, and there is a King, who may have had a liaison and child—the Black Swan—with Her Majesty. No happy ending here: The Prince, White Swan, and Black Swan all end up dead. Freelance photographer Michael Khoury attended the ballet March 7 and 8; these 25 images are a mix from those two performances. –Laura Bleiberg