Malandain-Ballet-BiarritzCreated in 1998 in Biarritz on the initiative of the Ministry of Culture & Communication, and the Town of Biarritz with the support of Aquitaine Region and the Atlantic Pyrenees General Council, Malandain Ballet Biarritz is one of 19 National Choreographic Centres (NCC) in France today.

The particularity of Malandain Ballet Biarritz is that it is made up of 22 permanent dancers trained in classical technique and whose expression in Thierry Malandain’s choreographies is contemporary.

Today Malandain Ballet Biarritz is one of Europe’s most widely seen companies with 80 000 spectators per season and almost 100 performances per year, including a third abroad.

As a National Choreographic Centre, Malandain Ballet Biarritz also works intensely in terms of public awareness of dance – with on average over 450 events per year – and support to artists and companies thanks to the ‘‘Accueil Studio’’ programme.

Its local presence has led it to forge fertile partnerships with numerous cultural players in the Euro-region. It has thus constructed the ‘‘Ballet T’’ project, a partnership between Malandain Ballet Biarritz and San Sebastian’s Teatro Victoria Eugenia, with support from Europe and the Aquitaine Euskadi fund. Its aim is to spread choreographic art in the Basque Country, by co-producing and disseminating choreographic works, and also through awareness campaigns and audience mobility within the Euro-region.

Malandain Ballet Biarritz last performed with La Jolla Music Society in the Dance Series on May 3, 2015.

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Thierry-MalandainThierry Malandain is a French dancer and choreographer, and is the current director of the National Choreographic Center in Biarritz. After completing his dance education, Mr. Malandain danced for a short time at the Ballet National de l’Opéra de Paris, the Ballet de l’Opéra du Rhin and then, for six years, at the Ballet Théâtre Français de Nancy. It was at this latter company that he also made his debut as a choreographer, where he was noted for his major ambition and – even then – his challenging choice of music. In 1986 he ended his dance career in order to found his own company in Élancourt, a suburb of Paris: the Compagnie Temps Présent. In his work for this group he combined classical and modern elements and his talent soon boosted his reputation outside France as well. As a result he was invited to make choreographies for the Royal Ballet of Wallonia and the Royal Ballet of Flanders. In 1991 Malandain moved to the French town of Saint-Etienne with Temps Présent. It was here that he made several of his most famous works: La Fleur de Pierre, Blé Noir and Ballet Mécanique. After leading this company for twelve years, in 1998 he was asked to take over directorship of the Centre Chorégraphique National - Ballet Biarritz, which was then soon renamed Malandain Ballet Biarritz. His troupe consists of performers versed in classical ballet technique, but the expression, through Thierry Malandain’s choreography, is contemporary. Through his creations, Mr. Malandain tries to develop his language to be in harmony with modern and classical movements, with history and today’s world. He alternates between new, personal, powerful visions of works from the Repertoire, such as Romeo and Juliet, suites by Tchaikovsky with Magnifique, Orpheus and Eurydice, The Afternoon of a Faun, The Nutcracker, The Bolero or Pulcinella, and pure creations such as Lucifer (2011), with a new score by the composer Guillaume Connesson, or A Last Song (2012).