Les Créatures Ludwig van Beethoven / Thierry Malandain


There were many nights, many mornings, then one day the first man was born a dancer. Alone, he would spin, with his arms extended towards no one else, then he was given the first woman as a partner. Dancing together was nicer, but he soon wished to create new movements. To answer it, they invited other creatures to join them. This is the way humanity multiplied. The time passing, they qualified the dance of baroque, romantic and classic. Until the moment when the temptation of a more liberated dance blew in the veils of a enchanting alma. As she turned into a flower, a butterfly, a flame or a storm, Loïe Fuller fascinated them with her “Serpentine Dance”. Joining her, other artists from the New World brought about new aspirations : later, there was Doris Humphrey, for whom “falling and starting again” were the very essence of movement. A new horizon lay ahead of Ballet. Adam and Eve went towards it, leaving Paradise behind. On their way, they learned that they would, from then on, dance by the sweat of their brow and that pain would be part of the creation of new steps. That is when Cain pounced on Abel…

Thierry Malandain


created on 15th November 2003
at la Gare du midi, Biarritz

music Ludwig van Beethoven (Les Créatures de Prométhée)
choreography Thierry Malandain
set and costumes Jorge Gallardo
lighting design Jean-Claude Asquié

coproduced by Theatre Arriaga of Bilbao, Grand Theatre de Reims, Esplanade de Saint-Etienne, Malandain Ballet Biarritz

duration of the entire ballet 67’
ballet for 16 dancers

Nominated for the "Benois de la Danse" in Moscow and Prize of the Critics for the best foreign performance at the 19th International festival of Ballet in La Havane (Cuba) in 2004



The sacred fire

« A top class Creation by a choreographer who, like Prometheus, passes on the sacred fire to his creatures. The remarkable artists of Ballet Biarritz.»

Le Figaro, René Sirvin, 23rd June 2003

Hommage à la Danse

«A very high quality work, with stringent technical demands of the highest level, achieved by Bsallet Biarritz with convincing perfection. »

El Diario Vasco, Ana Remiro, 21st June 2003

« Here Malandain showed as much inventively in the ensembles than in the duos. These are as varied as the personalities of their interpreters, […] all remarkable dancers, who can express, in their own way, the powerful and earthy style of Thierry Malandain. »

Ballet 2000, Sonia Schoonejans, July 2003

« The lightness, the audacity of a poetic choreography, all in contrasts served by dancers whose athletic sensuality is clear. »

Danse, Emérentienne Dubourg, June 2003

« After you saw such a Creation, you could feel a sense of exultation, as if you were carried away by something that simplifies and elevates you. […] We admire the modesty and culture of a Thierry Malandain always in quest for the unreachable. We admire Ballet Biarritz dancers. »

Danse, Sylvia Chaban, September 2003

« Ballet Biarritz is a disciplined company evolving with enthusiasm and spontaneity. The ensemble is of remarkable construction and rigour. The precision emerging from its work on stage is maybe one of the characteristics of the company. […] Les Créatures is a charming choreographic piece, in which Malandian shares his perception of the history of dance and humanity. And his dancers experience it with true passion. »

El Correo, Karmelo Errekatxo, January 2004

« Ballet Biarritz perfomed at the Internationl Ballet Festival of Havana with a creation by its brilliant choreographer – an aesthete who approaches body language with perfection and profundity. […] The fourteen dancers are a permanent source of energy on stage and show a rare mastery of their bodies, always radiant, eloquent and expressive. »

Cubarte, Anubis Galardy, November 2004

« This magnificently constructed ballet shows superb choreographic art.»

Figaro Magazine, François Deletraz, 27th June 2003

« His latest piece is a monument. »

Madame Figaro, Ariane Bavelier, 21st February 2004