Dance

  • Date: 17 October, 8 p.m.
  • Duration: 70 min
  • Hall: Main Auditorium

Dancing with nature

“No man loves the countryside more than I” wrote Ludwig van Beethoven in a letter to Thérèse Malfatti in 1807. His Pastoral symphony is the proof. It is often presented as a musical description of nature but in reality the Pastoral is not so much an exercise in imitation as the expression inspired by birdsongs and storms or the idea of the innocence and purity of flowery paths.

This is the Pastoral of the Malandain Ballet Biarritz, a show which premiered in 2019 and which invokes Hellenic Antiquity and its aspiration towards an ideal of plasticity and beauty in search of grace and light.

With choreography by Thierry Malandain and a ballet corps which celebrates the sensuality and humanity of the body, this very beautiful spectacle revitalizes classical dance with a contemporary vision of nature that is as energetic as it is subdued.


Created for the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven.

  • Music: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Choreography and direction: Thierry Malandain
  • Set: Jorge Gallardo
  • Lighting design: François Menou
  • Costume design: Véronique Murat / Charlotte Margnoux
  • Ballet masters: Giuseppe Chiavaro / Richard Coudray

Producción de Loïc Durand y Frédéric Vadé

© Olivier Houeix

  • Lui: Hugo Layer
  • Eux: Claire Lonchampt, Frederik Deberdt, Irma Hoffren, Mickaël Conte
  • Les Numineux: Noé Ballot, Guillaume Lillo
  • Les Lumineux: Giuditta Banchetti, Clémence Chevillotte, Jeshua Costa, Julie Bruneau, Loan Frantz, Alessia Peschiulli, Ismael Turel Yagüe, Patricia Velázquez, Allegra Vianello, Julen Rodríguez Flores, Yui Uwaha, Alejandro Sánchez Bretones, Laurine Viel, Hugo Layer

The press says

Malandain Ballet Biarritz baila la naturaleza en el Maestranza de Sevilla el 17 de octubre

... con 'La Pastorale', producción de Loïc Durand y Frédéric Vadé creada en el marco del 250 cumpleaños de Ludwig van Beethoven.

La Pastoral de Beethoven en un hermoso poema bailado

El Malandain Ballet Biarritz presentó en el teatro de la Maestranza la obra del coreógrafo Thierry Malandain

Un esteticista y luminoso viaje al Olimpo

Thierry Malandain idealiza a la naturaleza mediante un homenaje a la antigua cultura helénica...