Thierry Malandain's Marie-Antoinette, music by Haydn and Gluck

Claire Lonchampt (Marie-Antoinette), Mickaël Conte (Louis XVI), Irma Hoffren (Impératrice Marie-Thérèse), Frederik Deberdt (Louis XV)

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Jorge Gallardo — Costume designer

François Menou — Lighting

Véronique Murat — Costumes

Frédéric Vadé — Set designer

Claire Lonchampt — Dancer

Mickaël Conte — Dancer

Irma Hoffren — Dancer

Frederik Deberdt — Dancer

Miyuki Kanei — Dancer

Arnaud Mahouy — Dancer

Raphaël Canet — Dancer

Malandain Ballet Biarritz

Basque National Orchestra

Mélanie Levy-Thiebaut — Conductor

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Dive into the story of Marie Antoinette as you've never seen it in this picture-perfect ballet! The great Thierry Malandain's choreography depicts the ill-fated queen from her courtly debut and the inauguration of the Royal Opera all the way to her inglorious end at the Place de la Concorde… Fittingly, Malandain's work unfolds against the ornate backdrop of that same Royal Opera in Versailles, danced to perfection by the acclaimed Malandain Ballet Biarritz.

The ballet traces the trials and tribulations of a queen once adored and later despised, played by the graceful Claire Lonchampt alongside a host of sublime performers like Mickaël Conte, who takes the role of King Louis XVI. Dressed in sumptuous costumes by Jorge Gallardo and Véronique Murat, the dancers breathe life and dynamism into each role, their movements a perfect match with Haydn's symphonies and Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice—all interpreted beautifully by the Basque National Orchestra under Mélanie Levy-Thiébaut!

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