Richard Coudray


He studied at the Regional Conservatoire in Tours and then at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse with Alain Davesne. He began his dancing career in 1980 in the Ballet Théâtre Français de Nancy, directed by Jean-Albert Cartier and Hélène Traïline. In 1986, he takes part to the creation of the Compagnie Temps Présent, created by Thierry Malandain. In 1994, he entered the Ballet Nacional Chileno that he left in 1995, at the request of Jean-Albert Cartier and Hélène Traïline, to be engaged in the Nice Opera Ballet. 1997 was the turning point of his career… He became dance teacher in the Compagnie Hallet Eghayan.

In 1998, he joined Thierry Malandain in Biarritz and took part in the launching and development of the National Choreographic Center as a ballet master.

Françoise Dubuc


Trained under the instruction of Marika Besobrasova in Monte Carlo, Françoise Dubuc began her career in the Het Nationale Ballet in Amsterdam and then in the Ballet Théâtre Français de Nancy where, after being promoted to “principal soloist”, she danced with Rudolf Noureev during three seasons.

In 1986, she left Nancy to found the Company Temps Présent with Thierry Malandain, and later created her own dance school in Pau, where she taught during eight years.

In 1998, she joined Thierry Malandain at the opening of the National Choreographic Center in Biarritz, where she was in charge of raising awareness among young audiences.

Nowadays, she is ballet mistress at the Malandain Ballet Biarritz and she is in charge of transmitting Thierry Malandain ballets in French and foreign professional companies.