in The Nineteenth century, a young girl from a good family and playing the piano. A century ago, young girls from noble families practiced the harp, which it was said “that it was the arms of the women.” Marie-Antoinette was one of those. When she arrived at Versailles from her native Austria in 1770 to marry the future king of France, the instrument was among his personal effects.
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throughout her reign, Marie Antoinette loved above all the arts, music and dance. Versailles was beautiful and well designed! Patroness of the arts, she had come to Versailles all the artists of Europe, no doubt to console themselves a court that is hostile and a husband inhibited unable to honor it. It is this psychological aspect that has interested Thierry Malandain for the new ballet.
Seductive, vulnerable and frivolous
For its soundtrack, the choreographer does not commit an anachronism, as he has selected extracts from works of Haydn that the queen was particularly fond of. The young woman appears to be attractive but vulnerable, absorbed in the pleasures of the court, which had earned him the reputation of being frivolous. Fifteen tables, Thierry Malandain traces with a lot of elegance to the story in the half-shade of this queen. It does not tell us anything, it suggests: that the not consummated the marriage, the intrigues of the court, her first baby, and finally on the air of the storm, the invasion of Versailles by yellow vests of the time.
the boss of The ballet Biarritz we book a room with finesse, first thanks to the great costumes by Jorge Gallardo, which, while respecting the canons of the time, are of astonishing modernity. The set is very stylized, and served by a dance at a high level. Finally, the symphonic orchestra of the Basque country Donostia-San Sebastian plays to perfection Haydn and Gluck.
In Saint-Sébastien where the ballet was given for the first time, the public has reserved a warm welcome to the room. The first French-will take place this weekend at the Royal Opera of the Château de Versailles. Where the queen invited the whole of Europe of the arts.
*royal Opera of Versailles on the 31 march, at the opera of Vichy, on 5 and 6 April, at the Grand theatre of Bordeaux on April 19 and 20, at the opera of Reims on 25 and 26 may, at the gare du Midi in Biarritz on the 1, 2 and 3 June and then 7, 8 and 9 August.