Festival le Temps d'Aimer

Since its creation in 1996, the municipal association Biarritz Culture has never stopped promoting and anchoring the art of choreography on Biarritz territory. The highlights of the dance programming in Biarritz are:

- Le Temps d’Aimer la Danse festival
- The choreographic season
- The Young Audience performances
- Le Temps des Mômes biennial festival

The flagship event of this cultural association is “Le Temps d’Aimer” festival, which undeniably gained a local, national and international notoriety. As the artistic director of this event, Thierry Malandain brings his view and skills to advise Biarritz Culture about the dance programming. The Festival take place in Biarritz in september.


Lycée André Malraux de Biarritz

In 2005, the partnership between Malandain Ballet Biarritz and the Lycée André Malraux of Biarritz resulted in a three-hour Art-Dance optional course in year 11. Students in Literary studies can nowadays pursue this education in lower and upper sixth, at five hours a week. It leads to the Baccalauréat L (the French secondary school diploma in literary studies), specialty: dance.

Lycée André Malraux
Tél. +33 (0)5 59 01 20 40

Malandain Ballet Biarritz
Gaël Domenger
Tél. +33 (0)5 59 24 67 19


As part of its partnership with the University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour, the CCN Malandain Ballet Biarritz hosts every year some laureates chosen by Dominique Cordemans during Inter-University meetings UPPAdanse. These students, coming from all France, are hosted in residence at the Gare du Midi of Biarritz and work with Dominique Cordemans on a Thierry Malandain ballet during a week. They present their work during the open stage events of “Le Temps d’Aimer la Danse” festival. Every two years, a tour is organised in partnership with Malandain Ballet Biarritz in the 3 student cities of Aquitaine: Pau, Bordeaux and Bayonne. 

Maryse Raffestin

Médiathèque in Biarritz

Médiathèque in Biarritz


Numeridanse.tv is the first free online dance video library which brings together thousands of hours of videos, the collections of national and international artists, teaching aids and thousands of written resources to promote an understanding of dance and its history. Managed by a community of dance professionals, it is supported and coordinated by the Maison de la Danse in Lyon.

From extracts or entire dance works, documentaries, interviews with artists and dance experts, teaching resources to videodance films, Numeridanse.tv offers a broad and rich perspective on the art of choreography. All genres, styles and forms are represented: butoh, classical ballet, neo-classical ballet, Baroque, Indian, African, flamenco, contemporary, traditional dances, hip hop, tango, jazz, circus arts, performance etc. Each video is accompanied by a written description and some historical context.

The Numeridanse.tv collection, found under CATALOG, brings together archives from the beginning of the century as well as more recent works.

Supported and coordinated by the Maison de la Danse in Lyon, the Numeridanse.tv website was created by filmmaker Charles Picq, who died in 2012. Conceived and developed in partnership with the Centre national de la danse and supported by the BNP Paribas Foundation and the Ministry of Culture, today it also enjoys the support of the Harlequin Group.

Alongside these partner organisations, a network of contributors has built up around the Numeridanse.tv project. National choreography centres, festivals, producers, theatres, companies, institutions are all making their works available in the CATALOG and COLLECTIONSsections of the website. This community participates in the life of the site and the development of the project and also contributes financially to its management.


Concours Reconnaissance - CDC Le Pacifique

Concours Reconnaissance - Danse contemporaine

The Academy Bournonville in Biarritz

The first edition of “Bournonville in Biarritz” was launched in 2009 thanks to the passion of Monik Elgueta and the support of the city of Biarritz and CCN Malandain Ballet Biarritz. Organised by the Bournonville association in Biarritz, these classes dedicated to the Danish choreographer are unique in France and have been taking place over six years, from 2009 to 2014. The 6th and last edition took place from the 28th July to the 2nd August 2014.

Auguste Bournonville created 6 classes, six exercise programmes aiming to gradually prepare the dancer’s body to dance. One class a day, from Monday to Saturday. This unique event in France intends to teach the six Bournonville classes over six years and to initiate the dancers to the very peculiar style of the Danish choreographer, thanks to the Faculté Bournonville, constituted of a team of teachers coming from Denmark.

Frank Andersen, director of the Royal Danish Ballet from 1985 to 1994 and from 2002 to 2008 and of the Royal Swedish Ballet from 1995 to 1999. Teacher at the Beijing Dance Academy.
Erik Aschengreen, professor and Danish art critic.
Dinna Bjørn, director of the Norwegian National Ballet from 1990 to 2002 and of the Finnish National Ballet from 2002 to 2008. International guest teacher.
Eva Kloborg, teacher at the Royal Danish Ballet, character dancer.
Thomas Lund, principal dancer and ballet master at the Royal Danish Ballet. Director of the Royal Danish Ballet School.
Ole Nørlyng, musicologist and Danish art critic.
Flemming Ryberg, principal dancer, ballet master and teacher at the Royal Danish Ballet.
Anne Marie Vessel Schlüter, ballet mistress at the Royal Danish Ballet, director of the Royal Danish Ballet School from 1988 to 2006.
Eric Viudes, principal dancer at the Norwegian National Ballet and teacher.
Piano accompanists: Corine Vautrin and Jean-François Pailler.

Festival de danse contemporaine en paysages urbains en Aquitaine Euskadi

Festival Dantza Hirian