Malandain Ballet Biarritz
The Generalife Theatre
Saturday 25 June 22:30 Dance




Malandain Ballet Biarritz

Thierry Malandain, director



L’Après-midi d’un faune

Music: Claude Debussy

Choreography: Thierry Malandain

Set and costumes: Jorge Gallardo

Lighting design: Jean-Claude Asquié

Duration: 10 minutes


L’Oiseau de feu

Music: Igor Stravinsky

Choreography: Thierry Malandain

Costumes: Jorge Gallardo

Lighting design: François Menois

Duration: 30 minutes




Le Sacre du printemps

Music and argument: Igor Stravinsky

Choreography and staging: Martin Harriague

Lighting design: François Menois y Martin Harriague

Costumes design: Mieke Kockelkorn

Duration: 35 minutes


Expressive Neoclassicism

The three choreographies chosen by the Malandain Ballet Biarritz for their new visit to the Festival offer the European creative landscape paved by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, prior to the birth of the First Cante Jondo Flamenco Contest in Granada in 1922. And, above all, they bring along with Debussy and Stravinsky, two of the essential composers to understand Manuel de Falla, their expressive neoclassical dance. The latter too had collaborated with Diaghilev before the flamenco event, to create The Three-Cornered Hat (1919), and had met him in 1910, when Stravinsky premiered his first commission with the Ballets Russes, L’Oiseau de feu, in Paris. Along with this ballet, the program includes L’Après midi d’un faune –both titles choreographed by the company’s director, Thierry Malandain– and Le Sacre du printemps, in Martin Harriague’s version.