Here is a ballet that speaks of night and the day that follows night. It is the year 1652, and France is emerging torn apart from the Fronde. Back in Paris, Mazarin intends to bring an end to these years of civil war, not by having the last rebellious princes arrested, but by a sumptuous entertainment combining song, music and dance: a courtly ballet that will show all that the human spirit can produce in the most fanciful and contrasting way, and that will impress the power of the King on the world.
For weeks, poet, musicians and dancers strive to carry out this masterful communications operation: a picture book of extraordinary inventiveness that embraces all classes of society and features gods, the devil and mythological heroes. The performance lasts an entire night. In the morning, dawn appears, radiating out into the universe. She is accompanied by the young Louis XIV in the costume of Apollo. In the days that follow, rumours of what is already considered to be the "evening of the century" sweep through all the embassies: the Sun King is born.
The Royal Night Ballet occupies an exceptional place in the "archeological site" of Baroque music. In 2015, Sébastien Daucé resurrected this forgotten masterpiece - never revived since its creation - patiently recomposing the missing pieces. He has supplemented it with excerpts from Rossi's Orfeo and Cavalli's Ercole amante, as a necessary counterpoint to the stunning depiction of the Monarch. With the help of director and choreographer Francesca Lattuada, singers and musicians, dancers and circus performers electrify this baroque fairy tale unanimously acclaimed by the critics.
Le Ballet royal de la nuit, Court Ballet
created at the Salle du Petit Bourbon in Paris, February 23rd 1653
Production Théâtre de Caen
Coproduction Dijon Opera, Château de Versailles Spectacles, Correspondance Ensemble
Associate co-producer for the new production Theatres of the City of Luxembourg
(with the support of the Rothschild Foundation)
Isaac de Benserade
Jean de Cambefort, Antoine Böesset, Michel Lambert, Louis Constantin, Francesco Cavalli, Luigi Rossi
Francesca Lattuada, Olivier Charpentier, Bruno Fatalot
Violaine Le Chenadec
Sean Patrick Mombruno
Jive Faury, Yann Oliveri, Vincent Regnard
Marianna Boldini, Pierre-Jean Bréaud, Frédéric Escurat, Alexandre Fournier, Caroline Le Roy, Pierre Le Gouallec, Pablo Monedero de Andres, Jordi Puigoriol, Michaël Pallandre, Julien Amiot, Etienne Revenu, Leticia Garcia
The performance on Sunday December 20 at 3 p.m. offers a Sunday workshop.
3h40 with interval
performed in French and Italian with surtitles
1 hour before the start of the performance (free, on presentation of the ticket)