Le Carnaval - a university residence creation

Faenza's two-year residency at the Université Reims Champagne Ardenne is now coming to an end!

Marco Horvat's work with the students during the past semester was based on the Carnaval of J.B. Lully, a divertissement written to texts by Molière, Benserade and Quinault, which he drew from what was most successful in their past works: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Les Noces de Village, Monsieur de Pourceaugnac, Le Ballet de Flore and La Pastorale Comique. Lully was not content to just reuse these extracts from his preceding works such as they were, sometimes he transformed them in a completely surprising way.

We have chosen the best extracts of this divertissement so as to give a version of it which permits the mixture of professional artists with students.

Performances were given in Reims on April 18th (Faenza alone) and at the Palais du Tau, April 19th and 20th, with the students at the Musée St. Rémi.

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Translations by Sally Gordon Mark

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