BIOGRAPHY: Thierry Malandain

BIOGRAPHY: Thierry Malandain 2014-06-27T15:04:59+00:00

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

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

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