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

Wednesday April 17, 2024 at 19:30
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
£37.50, £29.50, £18.50, £5 (under 35s – AAMplify)
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  1. Marche pour la Ceremonie des Turcs - Jean-Baptiste Lully
  2. Les caractères de la danse - Jean-Féry Rebel
  3. Les folies d'Espagne - Marin Marais
  4. Symphonies pour les soupers du Roy - Michel Richard Delalande
  5. Suite, from Céphale et Procris - Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre
  6. Ritournelle pour D Pedro, ‘Sommeil’, de L’Europe Galante - André Campra
  7. Chaconne d'Arlequin, de Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme - Jean-Baptiste Lully

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.

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.

A free pre-concert talk will take place in the auditorium at 6.30pm.

The Cambridge performance is part of our subscription series discount.

West Road Concert Hall
11 West Road

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