Christie Rameau Maitre A Danser PhilippeDelval

Staged opera

Rameau, maître à danser



William Christie  


Élodie Fonnard, soprano (Églé)
Magali Léger, soprano (Amour, Pamilie)
Reinoud Van Mechelen, countertenor (Daphnis)
Sean Clayton, countertenor (Un berger)
Arnaud Richard, bass (Le Grand Prêtre)
Pierre Bessière, bass (Jupiter)

Sophie Daneman Stage director
Françoise Denieau Choreographer
Alain Blanchot Costume Designer
Christophe Naillet Lighting designer 

Choir and orchestra of Les Arts Florissants 

Robert Le Nuz, Nathalie Adam, Andrea Miltnerova, Anne-Sophie Ott , Bruno Benne, Pierre-François Dolle, Arthur Zakirov, Marc Barret, Gilles Poirier, dancers 


Jean-Philippe Rameau, Daphnis et Églé


Jean-Philippe Rameau, La Naissance d’Osiris 

Rameau, maître à danser


Jean-Philippe RAMEAU - Daphnis et Églé

Jean-Philippe RAMEAU - La Naissance d'Osiris

For Les Arts Florissants, the "Rameau Year" is an opportunity to shed light on little-known works by the master. While his great lyric tragedies are regularly performed, the pastorals and ballets are less fortunate. 

Such is the case of La Naissance d'Osiris and Daphnis et Églé, two works specially written for the Court. Presented at Fontainebleau in 1754, La Naissance d'Osiris is a ballet composed to a libretto by Louis de Cahusac. It celebrates the birth of the Duc de Berry, future Louis XVI, moving the the announcement of the happy event to Thebes, in Egypt, in front of the temple of Jupiter. Cupid and the Graces show their joy in pantomimes. Rameau uses an especially rich selection of dances: sarabande, gavotte, gigue, minuet, tambourin. 

Daphnis et Églé was intended for the return of the royal hunt. This acerbic entertainment, which was not to the queen's tastes tells the story of two lovers (implicitly the king and Madame Pompadour) who are unaware of the feelings they share for each other until Cupid himself opens their eyes to them. 

Familiar with Rameau's large-scale forms, Les Arts Florissants breathe new life into this more intimate repertoire. Dance is at the heart of both these works, combined into one by the staging of Sophie Daneman, and conveyed by the choreography of Françoise Denieau.


Coproduction of the Théâtre de Caen and the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles
Associated coproducer : Les Arts Florissants (with the support of The Selz Foundation)
Delegated production: théâtre de Caen
The representation at the Bolshoï Theater receives the support of Groupe EDF.

Previous dates

Season 2014/2015

Caen / France
Manège de l'Académie de La Guérinière

  • Friday, June 5 2015, 5pm
  • Sunday, June 7 2015, 6pm
  • Monday, June 8 2015, 3pm

Saint-Lô / France
Haras national

  • Sunday, June 14 2015, 7pm

Mortagne-au-Perche / France
Carré du Perche

  • Sunday, September 27 2015, 7pm, Septembre musical de l'Orne

Caen / France
Manège de l'Académie de La Guérinière

  • Tuesday, November 3 2015, 6pm

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