Under the joint initiative of the city of Biarritz and the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the CCN Malandain Ballet Biarritz was created in September 1998. It is then granted the support of the City of Biarritz, the Ministry of Culture and Communication – DRAC Nouvelle-Aquitaine, the Departmental Council of the Pyrénées Atlantiques and the Regional Council of Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Its missions were creation, promotion and public awareness events.

By 1999, “Open Studio” enabled the company to host other companies and support their artistic work. In 2000, due to the special geographic situation which made it possible, the CCN developed some cross-border choreographic events. These events were funded by the Diputacion Foral de Gipuzkoa and the European funds (Interreg III A). In 2002, the cross-border ambition lead to the creation of the Association Dantzaz and of a Choreographic Public Awareness Centre sited in the city of Donostia / San Sebastian. In 2005 a new impetus supported by  the Diputacion Foral de Gipuzkoa and the Basque Autonomous Government resulted in the creation of Ballet Biarritz Junior which became independent at the end of 2008. Presently, the CCN has set up a partnership with the city of Donostia/San Sebastian and its theater Victoria Eugenia for which it receives help from the European funds (Interreg IV).

The CCN/Malandain Ballet Biarritz has now twenty-two full-time permanent dancers. Accommodated in the former Gare du Midi, the Centre Chorégraphique National  Malandain Ballet Biarritz aims to set up a program of development around chosen goals which results in the CCN becoming a major focus of cultural life in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine région.

New works

With 22 permanent dancers, one of Malandain Ballet Biarritz’s priorities is to perform Thierry Malandain’s works.

Involved in the territorial development, Malandain Ballet Biarritz gained and developed a particular knowledge regarding the production of shows thanks to numerous partnerships with local industries, particularly working in scenic and costume design, lighting design, communication, logistics…

The creations are developed in collaboration with other French or foreign cultural institutions and are supported by various partners.

Distribution of works

With around 100 performances per year, Malandain Ballet Biarritz regularly distributes its production in Biarritz, the Aquitaine region and worldwide.

As part of its cross-border activity, Malandain Ballet Biarritz frequently performs in Navarre, the Basque Country and Aragon.

We have a solid audience in Biarritz and a large attendance in our geographical region.

Our presence on the French territory is nowadays undisputed, with an average of more than 40 performances per year. Thierry Malandain remains strongly committed to ensuring that our company is also present in smaller structures in order to take dance to places where it is not expected, while strengthening its presence in France and throughout the world. Since its creation, Malandain Ballet Biarritz has toured in Middle East, Great Britain, Spain, Switzerland, China, Singapore, United States, Russia, Turkey, Finland, Lebanon, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Cuba, Poland, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Serbia, Indonesia and Thailand.

To organise some of its tours abroad, the Ballet receives the support of the Institut Français, an institution placed under the aegis of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and dedicated to promoting international artistic exchange.


Focusing on the development of choreography, Malandain Ballet Biarritz implements an active and voluntary policy to introduce audiences to dance by creating a network of partners, more particularly in the education field.

Malandain Ballet Biarritz pursues an active policy of introduction and education of audiences to dance. In Aquitaine, it regularly collaborates with educational institutions, private dance schools and dance institutions such as the conservatoires of Biarritz and Pau, the PESMD Aquitaine (Centre of higher education in music and dance) or the Cuvier – Choreographic Development Centre.

In addition to the “young audience” performances, Malandain Ballet Biarritz organises various activities: lectures, cultural itineraries, choreographic workshops, transmission of works, screening of documentaries, dance training courses or public rehearsals and lessons.

Malandain Ballet Biarritz is also in charge of the training in the Art-Dance optional course provided at the Lycée André Malraux in Biarritz and created by the Académie de Bordeaux. Each week, the Ballet organises a choreographic workshop for amateur adults in the framework of the Laboratoire de recherche chorégraphique sans frontières. It also takes part in the Inter-University meetings UPPAdanse, organised by the University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour. To this we can add the initiatives of  “Les Amis du Malandain Ballet Biarritz” association, presided by Colette Rousserie, which implements a policy of support to the CCN creations, while making its members working towards one common goal: to raise awareness of the art of dance.

Host Studio

In 1999, the National Choreographic Centre was commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication to support other dance companies under the Host Studio programme. To this purpose, the CCN received a budget to host some companies and support their projects.

Thierry Malandain is truly dedicated to host and support all forms of dance, from contemporary dance to hip-hop, not to mention butoh, while giving particular attention to the regional artists.

The Host Studio gives the artistic teams the opportunity to exchange their experience and to perform their works in front of the Biarritz audience.

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Located at the doors of Spain, the Centre National Chorégraphique |Malandain Ballet Biarritz has maintained a close relationship with the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country since its creation. Thanks to the support of the Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa and the Basque Autonomous Government, the CCN was able to carry out various projects, including the creation of Ballet Biarritz Junior, established in Donostia / San Sebastián from 2005 to 2008.

Presently, the CCN benefits from a partnership with the city of Donostia / San Sebastián and the Teatro Victoria Eugenia and is allowed to perform its works in the Spanish city. Besides, Malandain Ballet Biarritz is a partner of San Sebastián – European Capital of Culture 2016.