Skip to main content
Back to search

Les Créatures

There were many nights, many mornings, then one day the first man was born a dancer. Alone, he would spin, with his arms extended towards no one else, then he was given the first woman as a partner. Dancing together was nicer, but he soon wished to create new movements. To answer it, they invited other creatures to join them. This is the way humanity multiplied. The time passing, they qualified the dance of baroque, romantic and classic. Until the moment when the temptation of a more liberated dance blew in the veils of a enchanting alma. As she turned into a flower, a butterfly, a flame or a storm, Loïe Fuller fascinated them with her “Serpentine Dance”. Joining her, other artists from the New World brought about new aspirations : later, there was Doris Humphrey, for whom “falling and starting again” were the very essence of movement. A new horizon lay ahead of Ballet. Adam and Eve went towards it, leaving Paradise behind. On their way, they learned that they would, from then on, dance by the sweat of their brow and that pain would be part of the creation of new steps. That is when Cain pounced on Abel…

Thierry Malandain

Malandain, Thierry

Born on the 13th April 1959 in Petit-Quevilly, Thierry Malandain followed the usual path of a classical dancer but with a strong taste for the unconventional and an unusual tenacity. Violette Verdy, who chaired the Prix de Lausanne at which Thierry Malandain competed in 1978, hired him to join the Paris Opera Ballet for the season 1977-1978. There, he met Jean Sarelli, who was then "The" ballet master, and followed him when Sarelli took over the direction of the Ballet du Rhin. Thierry Malandain stayed in Mulhouse until 1980 and then joined the Ballet Théâtre Français de Nancy, directed by Hélène Traïline and Jean-Albert Cartier, until 1986. He successfully made his first experiences as a choreographer during the six years he stayed in Lorraine. In 1984, he won the 1st Prize of the Volinine competition with Quatuor op3, to a score by Guillaume Lekeu. In 1985 and 1986, he succeeded Maguy Marin as winner of the 1st Prize of Nyon choreographic competition in Switzerland with Sonatine, to a score by Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Métamorphosis, to the music of Benjamin Britten. 

In 1986, Thierry Malandain made a bet. He left the Ballet Théâtre Français de Nancy with eight dancers and set up the Compagnie Temps Présent in Elancourt (78), in the suburbs of Paris. He deliberately chose to get off the beaten track and undertake a mammoth task. The following season, he was awarded by the Fondation de la Vocation and the Fondation Oulmont and won the 1st Prize of La Baule choreographic competition, the 1st Prize of Vaison-la-Romaine choreographic competition and the Prix de la Nuit des Jeunes Créateurs in Paris with Angelin Preljocaj and Claude Brumachon. Thierry Malandain began to make himself known as a promising young talent thanks to several works: ­­L'Homme aux semelles de vent (1986), created to the music of Benjamin Britten and staged again under the title Les Illuminations (1989) for the dancer Patrick Dupond and the Ballet National de Nancy, Edgar Allan Poe (1988), to scores by Claude Debussy and André Caplet, and especially Folksongs (1986), choreographed to the music of Benjamin Britten and performed by several companies, including the Ballet de Tours of Jean-Christophe Maillot. As people only talked about the “jeune danse française” in 1988, Thierry Malandain, like his colleagues, contributed to the development of dance in the suburbs while proclaiming his attachment to the vocabulary of classical dance. He even created ballets for opera house companies, such as Danses qu'on croise (1987), choreographed to the music of Johannes Brahms for the Ballet de l'Opéra de Nantes. His unique positioning was confusing for the French choreographic community but not for the international audience. On the contrary, people, especially in Belgium, started to talk about the French choreographer who achieved the feat of creating Les Sylphides, to the music of Frédéric Chopin for the Ballet royal de Wallonie, and Petite Lune, to a score by Dmitri Shostakovitch for the Royal Ballet of Flanders, in the same year (1990).

In 1991, Thierry Malandain created Pulcinella by Igor Stravinsky on the stage of the previously called Maison de la Culture in Saint-Etienne. At this time, the director Jean-Louis Pichon was trying to turn the institution into an Opera Theatre—named L’Esplanade in 1994. He needed a choreographer who would be sensitive to music and able to have a strong presence on the ground. He invited the Compagnie Temps Présent for a residence in Saint-Etienne. This event marked the beginning of a collaboration that lasted six years.

In 1997, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and the City of Biarritz offered Thierry Malandain to set up the first classical Centre Chorégraphique Contemporain in the Basque coastal resort of Biarritz. It happened so fast that the Centre Chorégraphique National - Ballet Biarritz opened in September 1998 in the Gare du Midi, a large building abandoned by trains and whose two big square towers overlook Biarritz pleasant gardens.

In 2003, Ballet Biarritz took a major creative step with Les Créatures, choreographed to the music of Ludwig van Beethoven. This powerful, graphic and ambitious work engendered a feeling of maturity and poise that earned the Ballet greater recognition. For the first time in its history, the troupe officially performed in Paris (Théâtre national de Chaillot) thanks to Dominique Hervieu and José Montalvo, while Les Créatures were nominated at the Benois de la Danse in Moscow and received the Critics Prize at the 19th International Ballet Festival of Havana in Cuba. In 2004, Le Sang des Etoiles confirmed the company’s success. The CCN then became one of the most productive choreographic centres, with the biggest number of performances per year and a strong international presence. The institution also grew in strength. 

In August 2009, Thierry Malandain was made an “officier” in the Order of Arts and Letters. The new name of the company, "Malandain Ballet Biarritz", heralded a new era for the choreographer. Two new creations followed: Magifique (2009), to the music of Piotr Illitch Tchaikovsky and Roméo et Juliette (2010) by Hector Berlioz. Both found favour with audiences and critics. For the second time of his career, Thierry Malandain collaborated with a composer, Guillaume Connesson, resulting in the ballet Lucifer (2011). The score was interpreted by the Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn, conducted by Fayçal Karoui, who is also the musical director of the New York City Ballet. 

In 2013, as Malandain Ballet Biarritz gave more than hundred performances per year, Thierry Malandain created Cendrillon to the music of Sergei Prokofiev to the request of Laurent Bruenner, the director of the Opéra royal de Versailles. The performances of this ballet were given on the wonderful stage of the Royal Opera of the Palace of Versailles with the accompaniment of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi from Donostia-San Sebastián, conducted by Josep Caballé-Domenech. A triumph of humanity, Cendrillon was unanimously acclaimed by the press and audiences. In 2014, Thierry Malandain was named “Best Choreographer” at the Taglioni European Ballet Awards, organised by the Malakhov Foundation in Berlin.


Source : Malandain Ballet’s website


More on : http://malandainballet.com/

Flores, Georges

Georges Flores démarre sa carrière en 1982. Il assure le montage et l’habillage de nombreuses œuvres de création vidéo diffusées sur les chaînes françaises. La captation de spectacles est une de ses premières activités : de 1988 à 1992, il réalise l’intégralité du Festival International des Musiques Innovatrices, dont plusieurs parties, sous forme de reportages, sont diffusées sur la chaîne ARTE dans l’émission Mégamix. Il mène régulièrement des captations dans le domaine des musiques actuelles. Cette expérience le conduit aussi à travailler dans le domaine de l’opéra et de la musique classique en signant les captations de nombreuses œuvres issues du grand répertoire. C’est lui qui a assuré la couverture image du Festival Massenet. La danse est un autre terrain de prédilection de Georges Flores. Il collabore ainsi depuis 1992 avec Thierry Malandain, directeur du Centre Chorégraphique National – Malandain Ballet Biarritz. Le documentaire Voyage, réalisé en 1996 lors d’une tournée au Maroc, avec la collaboration de l’Institut Français et la participation inédite d’Antoine Livio et d’Yvette Chauviré, nous fait découvrir la personnalité et l’écriture de ce chorégraphe revendiquant sa filiation  chorégraphique. Il travaille aussi régulièrement avec d’autres chorégraphes contemporains porteurs d’univers artistiques singuliers. Georges Flores est également auteur de nombreuses images intégrées à des créations scéniques pour la musique, la danse ou l’opéra. Sa première réalisation d’envergure internationale lui permet de participer, en janvier 1993, à l’ouverture de saison du Théâtre Massimo de Palermo, dans le cadre d’une nouvelle production d’Esclarmonde de Massenet dirigée par Giannandrea Gavazzeni. En marge de ce travail autour du spectacle vivant, il réalise dans le domaine de la Culture Scientifique, Technique et Industrielle (CSTI) des documentaires de vulgarisation destinés au domaine de l’enseignement. Georges Flores se consacre aujourd’hui à la production et à la réalisation autour de coups de cœur et de collaborations fidèles pour la télévision ou des structures artistiques de renom. Il a aujourd’hui à son actif la captation de plus de cinquante captations d’œuvres lyriques du grand répertoire.


Source : Georges Flores

Créatures

Artistic direction / Conception : Thierry Malandain

Interpretation : Malandain Ballet Biarritz

Original music : Ludwig van Beethoven

Lights : Jean-Claude Asquié

Settings : Jorge Gallardo

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Teatro Arriaga de Bilbao, Grand Théâtre de Reims, Esplanade de Saint-Etienne, Malandain Ballet Biarritz

Duration : 67 minutes

Our videos suggestions

No results

Our themas suggestions

Hip-hop / Influências

Parcours

Anne Décoret-Ahiha

Hip-hop / Influências

Parcours

 Este Parcours fornece uma visão geral das raízes da dança Hip Hop. 

Descobrir
Know more

Espaço Cénico

Parcours

Anne Décoret-Ahiha

Espaço Cénico

Parcours

Um desempenho de dança ocorre em uma área espacial definida ... ou não. Este curso ajuda a compreender a ocupação do espaço escenográfico na dança. 

Descobrir
Know more

Dança e artes plásticas

Parcours

Marie-Thérèse Champesme

Dança e artes plásticas

Parcours

A dança e as artes visuais têm sido muitas vezes inspiradoras umas das outras e influenciaram-se mutuamente. Este caminho não pode abordar todas as formas de suas relações; Ele só tenta mostrar a importância da criação plástica em algumas coreografias. 

Descobrir
Know more

Rituais

Parcours

Anne Décoret-Ahiha

Rituais

Parcours

Descubra como a noção de ritual faz sentido em várias danças através desses extratos. 

Descobrir
Know more

A coreografia belga contemporânea

Parcours

Philippe Guisgand

A coreografia belga contemporânea

Parcours

Este curso apresenta diferentes coreógrafos belgas que marcaram a história e participaram da criação de um estilo "belga". 

Descobrir
Know more

A dança na cruzada das artes

Parcours

Anne Décoret-Ahiha

A dança na cruzada das artes

Parcours

Alguns shows são o local de encontro de diferentes negócios. Aqui está uma prévia de alguns shows onde as artes se cruzam no palco de uma peça coreográfica.

Descobrir
Know more

Feminino / Masculino

Parcours

Anne Décoret-Ahiha

Feminino / Masculino

Parcours

Caminhe entre diferentes concepções e recepções de gêneros em diferentes estilos e eras da dança.

Descobrir
Know more

Dança e música

Parcours

Anne Décoret-Ahiha

Dança e música

Parcours

  A relação entre música e criação coreográfica difere de acordo com as correntes, de acordo com os séculos. 

Descobrir
Know more
By accessing the website, you acknowledge and accept the use of cookies to assist you in your browsing.
You can block these cookies by modifying the security parameters of your browser or by clicking onthis link.
I accept Learn more