Venus and the elements: Music and dance from the era of the Sun King

Opening gala evening with Baroque illumination of the Castle Garden
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Friday 19/07 2019, 21:00

Baroque fountain in Castle Garden

Venus and the elements: Music and dance from the era of the Sun King

Opening gala evening with Baroque illumination of the Castle Garden

Admission fee includes banquet


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Program

Choreography, direction, script: Prof. Helena Kazárová
Assistant director: Alžběta Krejčiříková
Choreography assistants: Veronika Brzková, Miroslav Stehlík
Art director: Roman Šolc
Set: Ondřej Nekvasil
Specialist adviser: Pavel Slavko

Dance: Hartig Ensemble and guests
In the role of Apollo/Fire: Francesco Scarpato (IT)

Program: J. F. Rebel (Les Éléments), J. B. Lully, M. Marais et al. (Divertissement royal), G. F. Händel (Water Music, Suite No. 2)

The spectacular performance titled “Music and dance for the Sun King” will outline the period of the French monarch Louis XIV, who loved music and dance, staged a number of musical-dance performances and also performed in them himself. The first time was in 1651, when he was still a boy and performed in the Ballet de la Nuit. At the time he was accompanied by Jean-Baptiste Lully, the king’s court composer and bandmaster, who later composed other ballets for the young Louis and became his confidant. The performance at the Baroque fountain of the Castle Garden will be completed by the music of Lully’s contemporaries.

The Castle Garden with the fountain portraying antique deities of water and harvest is a perfect place for the celebration of the genius loci of the Český Krumlov Castle and at the same time for the reminiscence of Baroque feasts, the focal point of which was dance. This happened above all thanks to Louis XIV, who used his dance role of Apollo as a metaphor for his fame and power. Everybody headed to his court including the duke of Český Krumlov Johann Christian of Eggenberg. Thanks to the music, dance and the sophisticated art of illumination and other effects we will be transported to their era and at the same time we will celebrate earth, air, water and also fire symbolizing the heat of the sun (Apollo) and the ardour of love (Venus).


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