Les Arts Florissants / Rameau

Maître à danser

18 November 2014 / 19:30

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As part of the events marking the 250th anniversary of Rameau’s death, the Barbican presents a choreographed staging of two exquisite court ballets.

The court of Louis XV witnessed music-theatre of unparalleled richness and splendour. Tonight, William Christie and Les Arts Florissants – arguably today’s foremost champions of the French Baroque – conjure up that world once more, with this ravishing staged re-imagining of two of Rameau’s fantastic courtly ballets: the 'heroic pastorale' Daphnis et Eglé, based in Greek myth, and the majestic La Naissance d’Osiris, composed to celebrate the birth of the future King Louis XVI.

There will be free a pre-concert talk featuring William Christie and Sophie Daneman in conversation with Lindsay Kemp in the Barbican Hall from 6.15pm, lasting half an hour.

Open to Les Arts Florissants:  Maître à danser ticket-holders only.

Programme & Performers

Rameau Daphnis et Églé (Pastorale héroïque)
Rameau La Naissance d’Osiris (Acte de ballet)

Choir and Orchestra of Les Arts Florissants
William Christie conductor
Reinoud Van Mechelen Daphnis
Élodie Fonnard Églé
Arnaud Richard Grand Prêtre / Grand-Prêtre de Jupiter
Magali Léger Amour / Pamilie
Pierre Bessière Jupiter
Sean Clayton Un Berger
Sophie Daneman staging
Françoise Denieau choreography
Alain Blanchot costumes
Christophe Naillet lighting

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More Baroque at the Barbican:
Thu 25 Sep - Monteverdi Choir
Sat 4 Oct - Monteverdi L'incoronazione di Poppea 
Fri 10 Oct - The English Concert / Handel Alcina
Sat 18 Oct - The Grand Tour: Handel in London
Sun 9 Nov - The English Concert / Elizabeth Watts
Sat 6 Dec - King's College Choir / Bach Magnificat
Wed 10 Dec - Handel Messiah
Sat 27 Dec - Glorious Handel by Candlelight

This event is part of:
Barbican Presents 2014–2015

Produced by the Barbican

Co-production between the Caen Theatre and the Centre of Baroque Music in Versailles for the 2014 Rameau Year, commemorating the 250th anniversary of his death.
Co-partner: Les Arts Florissants (with the support of The Selz Foundation)
Associate producers: Caen Theatre

Les Arts Florissants are supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the city of Caen Basse-Normandie region. They are in residence at the Caen Theatre.
Les Arts Florissants are supported generously by Imerys and Alstom.


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