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Arts Florissants

«Si Shakespeare était dansé»
Grand Auditorium
William Christie in a black suit directing an orchestra
©: Sébastien Grébille

What you'll hear and see

The music

  • Henry Purcell The Fairy Queen

The artists

  • Les Arts Florissants
  • William Christie conducting
  • Paulina Francisco soprano
  • Georgia Burashko mezzo soprano
  • Rebecca Leggett mezzo soprano
  • Juliette Mey mezzo soprano
  • Rodrigo Carreto tenor
  • Ilja Aksionov tenor
  • Hugo Herman-Wilson baritone
  • Benjamin Schilperoort bass-baritone
  • Compagnie Käfig dance
  • Samuel Florimond dance
  • Anahi Passi dance
  • Alary Ravin dance
  • Daniel Saad dance
  • Timothée Zig dance
  • Mourad Merzouki mise en scène, choreography
  • Rémi Autechaud choreography
  • Claire Schirck costume design
  • Fabrice Sarcy light
  • Sophie Daneman directing
The Fairy Queen – loosely based on William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – is about the confusion arising when gods, elves, young lovebirds and oafish craftsmen share the stage. Henry Purcell classified his work as a semi-opera, leaving plenty of room for dance in so-called masques. Les Arts Florissants and William Christie have therefore teamed up with Mourad Merzouki’s Compagnie Käfig to give Purcell’s baroque sounds a special twist, drawing on the dance company’s urban-inspired choreographic idiom.