La Pastorale by Thierry Malandain, music by Beethoven

Malandain Ballet Biarritz

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Thierry Malandain — Choreographer

Jorge Gallardo — Set and costume design

François Menou — Lighting

Véronique Murat — Costumes

Loïc Durand — Set designer

Frédéric Vadé — Set designer, Accessories

Malandain Ballet Biarritz

Richard Coudray — Ballet master

Giuseppe Chiavaro — Ballet master

Program notes

"Superbly inventive, [Malandain's] writing outlines a very human story, full of tension and contrasts," says Agnès Santi (La Terrasse), "that unfolds between the desire for beauty and the pain of living, between the dream of a harmonious world and the reality of a life withour horizons."

Executed with the trademark mastery of the Malandain Ballet Biarritz, Malandain's neat and precise choreography navigates the emotions and themes so acutely expressed by Beethoven in his "Pastoral" Symphony and two lesser-known works: incidental music from The Ruins of Athens, and the Op. 112 cantata Meeresstille und Glückliche Fahrt (“Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage). The twenty-two members of the celebrated corps de ballet give kinetic shape to Beethoven's evocative imagery, matching the music's spirit of serene harmony and idyllic idealism beat for beat and step for step.

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