National Choreographic Centre

Inaugurated in September 1998, the Centre Chorégraphique National Malandain Ballet Biarritz was created under the joint impetus of the city of Biarritz and the French government. Entrusted to choreographer Thierry Malandain, it is subsidised by the city of Biarritz, the Ministry of Culture and Communication / DRAC Nouvelle-Aquitaine, the Conseil Régional de Nouvelle-Aquitaine and the Conseil Départemental des Pyrénées-Atlantiques.

Artistic project

Malandain Ballet Biarritz, the National Choreographic Centre of New-Aquitaine in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques region, has been undergoing steady, controlled development for several years now. Since its foundation, the DNA of the CCN has also been to be a ``Ballet d'auteur``.


The Malandain Ballet Biarritz company has 11 permanent dancers with classical training: Ecole de l'Opéra national de Paris - Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris - Ecole du Ballet Royal des Flandres... from countries as diverse as Belgium, Spain, Italy, Japan and Mexico.


Organisation chart of Malandain Ballet Biarritz: Board of Directors, management, artistic, technical, administration, health area, Ballet T Donostia / San Sebastián. Nearly 70 people work together to carry out the missions of the National Choreographic Centre.


1998, inauguration of the Centre Chorégraphique National / Ballet Biarritz, created under the joint impetus of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the city of Biarritz, the Aquitaine Regional Council and the Pyrénées-Atlantiques General Council. It was entrusted to Thierry Malandain, who set up his company Temps Présent in Biarritz. His remit is to create, present and raise awareness.

NCCs in France

The National Choreographic Centres are the result of a regional development policy introduced by the French government in the 1970s to support the growth of French dance. The creation of the NCC network began in 1984, when the Ministry of Culture's Department of Music and Dance decided, in conjunction with local authorities, to bring together in a single entity both new and repertory ballets, and companies directed by choreographers who had created the new French dance.