Academy of Ancient Music - Le Roi Soleil: the King dances

Wednesday 17 April 2024
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
The Sun King dances: Academy of Ancient Music and baroque dance experts Mary Collins and Steve Player recreate the sounds and sights of the court of Louis XIV of France.

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Versailles, 1700: where all arts revolved in brilliantly choreographed splendour around the monarch they called The Sun King. Historical dance experts Mary Collins and Steve Player join Academy of Ancient Music to pay homage to Louis XIV of France, a king for whom music and political power were all part of the same resplendent dance. So expect to hear from the greatest composers of the age – the exotic spectacles of Lully and Campra, the stately elegance of Rebel and Delalande, and the eloquent poetry and courtly wit of Marais and Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. And watch it spring to life, too, as the specialists use all their expertise and artistry to recreate the art of dance at the glittering pinnacle of the French baroque. There will be a free pre-concert talk at 6.30pm


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Approx. 1 hour 45 minutes