Inauguration of the Centre Chorégraphique National | Malandain Ballet Biarritz, on the joint initiative of the city of Biarritz and French State. Leaded by Thierry Malandain, the CCN is supported by the city of Biarritz, the Ministry of Culture and Communication / DRAC Aquitaine, the General Council of Pyrénées-Atlantiques and the Aquitaine Regional Council. Its purpose is to create and promote choreographic works and to organise awareness-raising events.

Creation of the Host Studio programme at the request of the Ministry of Culture and Communication. At that time, the Malandain Ballet Biarritz was composed of 12 part-time dancers, who were subsidised by the State.

Development of cross-border events supported by the Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa and the European Interreg IIIA programme.

Thierry Malandain was appointed as artistic director of “Le Temps d’Aimer la Danse” Biarritz festival.

The cross-border programme led to the creation of Dantzaz association and of a Choreographic Public Awareness Centre in San Sebastián, supported by the Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa and the Basque Autonomous Government.

The Malandain Ballet Biarritz dancers became salaried employees.

Creation of the Ballet Biarritz Junior in Donostia / San Sebastián. It became independent under the name “Dantzaz Konpainia” at the end of 2008.

Creation of the Art-Dance optional course, available to students in the last three years of secondary education at the Lycée André Malraux in Biarritz.

Creation of the Cross-border Choreographic Centre, financially supported by the European Interreg IV programme. In this context, the Teatro Victoria Eugenia of San Sebastián committed itself to co-produce Thierry Malandain’s new creations for years to come.

The French State commissioned a study realised by Michel Sala, resulting in the French Stability programme 2009-2012 and in an increase of the CCN resources (grants and local revenues). Transition to 17 full-time dancers.

Updating of the Ballet brand identity : Ballet Biarritz Thierry Malandain became Malandain Ballet Biarritz.
Thierry Malandain was again appointed as artistic director of “Le Temps d’Aimer la Danse” Biarritz dance festival.

Transition from 17 to 20 full-time dancers.
Creation of the LABO : Laboratoire de recherche chorégraphique sans frontières in Biarritz.

Signature of a partnership agreement  –  Ballet T cross-border project – between the city of San Sebastián, the city of Biarritz, the Teatro Victoria Eugenia and Malandain Ballet Biarritz.

Creation of the Plateforme de Sensibilisation et de Transmission in September.

Creation of a “Malandain” archival collection in the Médiathèque de Biarritz.

Transition to 22 full-time dancers.


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