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Thierry Malandain's main source of inspiration is music: his choregraphy flows from the composer's intentions, and from the emotions and feelings he experiences while listening.

During bouts of soul-searching, Frédéric Chopin conveyed in his Nocturnes the languidness of love tinged with melancholy. Here, Thierry Malandain composes the bodies as if they were a piano – making them vibrate, resonate and converse. His Nocturnes is a choreographic gem.

Beethoven 6
To coincide with the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Thierry Malandain took inspiration from Symphony No.6, treating the Pastoral as an echo of his listener’s sensations, and as usual drawing his primary influence from the music itself. The understated staging gives pride of place to timeless choreographic writing, which taps the sensuality and humanity of the company’s 22 dancers. Malandain’s piece reflects two of Beethoven’s notable traits: an ability to wed the traditional with the new, and humanist ideals that permeate each of his compositions.




Nocturnes Choreography Thierry Malandain | Music Frédéric Chopin | Lighting Jean-Claude Asquié | Costumes Jorge Gallardo | Costume design Véronique Murat | Piano Thomas Valverde

Coproduction Théâtre Victoria Eugenia / Ballet T (Espagne), Opéra de Reims, Centre Chorégraphique National / Malandain Ballet Biarritz

Beethoven 6 From La Pastorale, created for Beethoven's 250th birthday. Music Ludwig Van Beethoven | Choreography Thierry Malandain | Decors and Costumes Jorge Gallardo | Lighting François Menou | Costume design Véronique Murat assisted by Charlotte Margnoux | Set design Loïc Durand | Set and prop design Frédéric Vadé

Co-production Chaillot - Théâtre national de la Danse, Beethoven Jubiläums Gesellschaft (Allemagne), Norddeutsche Konzertdirektion Melsine Grevesmühl GmbH (Allemagne), Theater Bonn (Allemagne), Le Parvis scène nationale Tarbes Pyrénées, Opéra de Reims, Ballet T (Espagne), Donostia Kultura - Victoria Eugenia Antzokia de Donostia / San Sebastián (Espagne), CCN Malandain Ballet Biarritz | Partners Théâtre de Gascogne - Scènes de Mont-de-Marsan, Espace Jéliote (Oloron-Sainte-Marie), L’Odyssée - Scène Conventionnée de Perigueux, Scène du Golfe / Théâtre Anne de Bretagne (Vannes), Opéra de Saint-Étienne, Théâtre Olympia d’Arcachon, Escenario Clece / Teatros del Canal (Espagne)

Company Malandain Ballet Biarritz | Musical direction Jacques Lacombe | With Orchestre Symphonique Saint-Étienne Loire

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