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A Tale As Old As Time! Malandain Ballet Biarritz Presents New Production Of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST At The McCallum

The McCallum Theatre presents the Malandain Ballet Biarritz and their performance of Beauty and the Beast on Monday, March 20, at 8:00pm.

This new production of Beauty and the Beast, with music by Tchaikovsky, brings the brilliant Malandain Ballet Biarritz to the McCallum stage. The rich and complex symbolism of this tale known by all was a rich source of inspiration for choreographer Thierry Malandain. Malandain Ballet Biarritz is part of the National Choreographic Centre in Biarritz, France.

Thierry Malandain, Artistic Director and Choreographer, says "Without revisiting all of the tale's interpretations, a coming-of-age story can be detected designed to resolve the quality of being, with Belle embodying the human soul and the Beast being its life force and instincts. Whether it be lost unity of human nature torn apart, accompanied by Tchaikovsky's symphonic works, our version of the Beast, freed from his inner demons, marries Belle under a blazing sun."

Created in 1998 in Biarritz on the initiative of the Ministry of Culture & Communication, and the Town of Biarritz with the support of Aquitaine Region and the Atlantic Pyrenees General Council, Malandain Ballet Biarritz is one of 19 National Choreographic Centres (NCC) in France today.

The particularity of Malandain Ballet Biarritz is that it is made up of 22 permanent dancers trained in classical technique and whose expression in ThierrMalandain's choreographies is contemporary.

Today Malandain Ballet Biarritz is one of Europe's most widely seen companies with 80,000 spectators per season and almost 100 performances per year, including a third abroad.

As a National Choreographic Centre, Malandain Ballet Biarritz also works intensely in terms of public awareness of dance - with on average over 450 events per year - and support to artists and companies thanks to the Accueil Studio program.

Its local presence has led it to forge fertile partnerships with numerous cultural actors in the Euro-region. It has thus constructed the Ballet T project, a partnership between Malandain Ballet Biarritz and San Sebastian's Teatro Victoria Eugenia, with support from Europe and the Aquitaine Euskadi fund. Its aim is to spread choreographic art in the Basque Country, by co-producing and disseminating choreographic works, and also through awareness campaigns and audience mobility within the Euro-region.

Tickets for this performance are priced at $87, $77, $57 and $37. Tickets are available at the Theatre's website at or by calling the McCallum Theatre Box Office at (760) 340-ARTS.

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