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ballet La Pastorale by Thierry Malandain, music by Beethoven Malandain Ballet Biarritz

Malandain Ballet Biarritz

La Pastorale by Thierry Malandain, music by Beethoven Malandain Ballet Biarritz


"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.


  • 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


  • Thierry Malandain / Ludwig van Beethoven, Pastoral


  • Directed by:
    • Patrick Lauze
  • Venue: Théâtre national de Chaillot (Paris)
  • Production date: 2020
  • Duration: 1 h 18 min
  • Production: © Les Films Figures Libres - MEZZO – TVPI
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