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2017法國五月藝術節:《太陽王的誕生》Le French May: “The birth of the Sun King”

May 6 @ 8:00 PM - 10:15 PM


Ensemble Correspondances // Direction Sebastien Daucé
Motion Graphic Etienne Guiol





A modern Re-construction of a ‘lost’ masterpiece
A mixed media live concert rediscovering the Sun King’s First Ballet

At the age of 15, His Majesty Louis XIV danced at the Louvre Palace. Based on the idea of a ballet within a ballet, through
five ‘dreams,’ the whole universe of the night is rolled outuntil dawn, before announcing the unequalled glimmer of the Sun King.

The best artists at the time from France and Italy were commissioned by Cardinal-Duke Mazarin to create a unique piece to glorify young Louis’ transformation into ‘Sun King’ and in boasting of the superior status of the French Monarchy.

The première was such a success that seven repeat performances had to be given and its reputation was firmly engraved in popular memory during Louis XIV’s 72-year reign. However, the score was only partly transcribed and then only 50 years later by the King’s
librarian, who left the largest part of the ballet’s music unknown to future generations. Now, nearly 400 years later, the music has been rediscovered by Sébastien Daucé, who has re-constructed the piece after three years of research and reconstruction. The ballet’s modern revival was celebrated in 2015 at the Festival de
Saintes / Royal Opera of Versailles when the ‘lost‘ ballet was brought back to life.

Especially for Le French May Arts Festival, Daucé has commissioned French video artist Etienne Guiol to create a light projection based on the iconography of costumes, marquetry from the 17th century and today, enabling us to travel back in time to one of the most marvellous spectacles of King Louis XIV’s reign.

Musical Scores from the French and Italian main composers of Louis XIV’s court

獨家贊助 Exclusive Sponsor
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

Leisure and Cultural Services Department

支持機構 Supported By
Institut français



May 6
8:00 PM - 10:15 PM