Le Ballet royal de la Nuit

17 – 22 December 2020

Languishing light, take hiding beneath the billows.
Make way for the loveliest night in the world,
striding its way over the horizon.
The darkness and shadows so greatly prized are mine
and I have a thousand delights in my dark empire
which, for all its splendour, day has not.

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


Chorus and Orchestra

Ensemble Correspondances

Conductor & musical reconstitution

Sébastien Daucé

Direction, choreography, scenography

Francesca Lattuada


Francesca Lattuada, Olivier Charpentier, Bruno Fatalot


Christian Dubet


Aitor Ibanez

Make-up, hairstyles, wigs

Catherine Saint-Sever

Une Heure, Cintia, une Grâce française

Violaine Le Chenadec

Euridice, une Grâce française

Caroline Weynants


Ilektra Platiopoulou

Vénus, le Silence  

Caroline Dangin-Bardot

Pasitea, Mnemosyne, l’Aurore

Perrine Devillers

La Nuit, Venere

Lucile Richardot

La Lune, Dejanira, une Grâce française, Bellezza

Deborah Cachet


David Tricou

Le Sommeil

Etienne Bazola


Renaud Bres

Grand Sacrificateur

Nicolas Brooymans


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

With the support of


  • Thu. 17 December 2020
    National Opera of Lorraine
  • Fri. 18 December 2020
    National Opera of Lorraine
  • Sun. 20 December 2020
    National Opera of Lorraine
  • Tue. 22 December 2020
    National Opera of Lorraine

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)

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