Thierry-MalandainAuthor of a repertoire of 80 choreographies, Thierry Malandain has developed a very personal vision of dance, closely linked to ‘‘Ballet’’, where priority is given to the dancing body, its power, virtuosity, humanity and sensuality. The search for meaning and aesthetics guide a powerful and sober style, which can be both serious and insolent, based on the pursuit of harmony between history and today’s world.

“My culture is that of classical ballet and I confidently remain attached to it. Because while I readily admit that its artistic and social codes are from another time, I also think that this heritage from four centuries represents invaluable resources for dancers. A classical choreographer for some, a contemporary one for others, I play with it, simply trying to find a dance I like. A dance that will not only leave a lasting impression of joy, but that will also restore the essence of the sacred things and serve as a response to the difficulty of being.” Thierry Malandain

Important dates

1977: Professional dancer at the Paris National Opera, Rhin Ballet and Nancy French Theatre Ballet
1986: Founded the Temps Présent Company in Elancourt (Yvelines)
1992: Arrived at the Esplanade Saint-Etienne Opera as an Associate Company
1998: Named by the Minister of Culture & Communication to lead the new Biarritz National Choreographic Centre
2006: Second nomination in Moscow at the Benois de la Danse with l’Envol d’Icare created for the Paris National Opera Ballet
2009: Artistic director of the Biarritz Dance Festival, Le Temps d’Aimer la Danse
2012: Syndicat de la Critique’s main prize for Une Dernière chanson
2014: Nomination in Berlin Taglioni Awards for Cinderella

This performance marks Malandain Ballet Biarritz's La Jolla Music Society debut.

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