Artistic team

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Ballet masters

Richard Coudray

Trained at the Conservatoire Régional de Tours and then at the Conservatoire National de Paris with Alain Davesne, in 1980 he began his career as a dancer with the Ballet Théâtre Français de Nancy, directed by Jean-Albert Cartier and Hélène Traïline. In 1986, he took part in the creation of the Compagnie Temps Présent, founded by Thierry Malandain. In 1994, he joined the Ballet Nacional Chileno, which he left in 1995 at the request of Jean-Albert Cartier and Hélène Traïline to join the Ballet de Nice. In 1997, it was time for a change of career… He became a dance teacher with the Hallet Eghayan Company. In 1998, he rejoined Thierry Malandain in Biarritz and took part in the launch and development of the National Choreographic Centre as Ballet Master.

Giuseppe Chiavarro

Giuseppe Chiavaro

Born in Catania (Italy), in 1986 he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Ecole de Danse de l’Opéra national de Paris. Two years later, he joined the Rosella Hightower International Dance Centre in Cannes and began performing with the Jeune Ballet International in 1990. In 1992, he received the Serge Lifar prize, and was then engaged by Etienne Frey at the Sinopia Ensemble de Danse (Switzerland). He has worked as a performer with Thierry Malandain since 1994, first with the Compagnie Temps présent, then with the NCC Malandain Ballet Biarritz from 1998. Since 2014, he has been a guest teacher and remount of Thierry Malandain’s ballets in professional companies in France and abroad. In 2019, he will become Ballet Master with the company.

Frederik Deberdt

Born in Izegem (Belgium). He studied dance at the Royal Ballet School of Flanders. In 1999, he was a finalist in the Eurovision Song Contest and took part in the Varna Song Contest, all the while being hired by the Royal Ballet of Flanders. He joined Malandain Ballet Biarritz as an artistic artist in 2001, before becoming Ballet Master in 2022.

Creative team

Mediation, awareness-raising and EAC