Dance

  • Date: 17 October, 8 p.m.
  • 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