• Les Amants Magnifiques © Le Concert Spirituel
    Les Amants Magnifiques © Le Concert Spirituel
  • Les Amants Magnifiques © Erwan Floc'h
    Les Amants Magnifiques © Erwan Floc'h
  • Les Amants Magnifiques © Erwan Floc'h
    Les Amants Magnifiques © Erwan Floc'h
  • Les Amants Magnifiques © Le Concert Spirituel
    Les Amants Magnifiques © Le Concert Spirituel
  • Les Amants Magnifiques © Erwan Floc'h
    Les Amants Magnifiques © Erwan Floc'h
  • Les Amants Magnifiques © Erwan Floc'h
    Les Amants Magnifiques © Erwan Floc'h

Saturday 9 (8.30pm) and Sunday 10 (2.30pm) November 2019
Opéra de Reims

Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November 2019, 8pm
Théâtre municipal R. Devos de Tourcoing
Saison de l'Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing

Recreation by Malins Plaisirs with Le Concert Spirituel and La Compagnie de Danse l’Eventail

Vincent Tavernier, stage director
Hervé Niquet, conductor
Marie-Geneviève Massé, choreogrpahy
Claire Niquet, set
Érick Plaza-Cochet, costumes
Carlos Perez, lights

Comedians
Laurent Prévôt, Pierre-Guy Cluzeau, Maxime Costa, Mélanie Le Moine, Benoît Dallongeville , Quentin-Maya Boyé, Olivier Berhault, Claire Barrabès, Marie Loisel

Dancers
Romain Arreghini, Bruno Benne, Anne-Sophie Berring, Bérengère Bodénan, Olivier Collin, Pierre-François Dollé, Robert Le Nuz, Artur Zakirov

Soloists
Margo Arsane, Lucie Roche, Marie Favier, Stéphen Collardelle, Clément Debieuvre, Laurent Deleuil, David Witczak, Thibault de Damas, Nathanaël Tavernier 

2h30 with intermission

Coproduction: Les Malins Plaisirs, Le Concert Spirituel, La Compagnie de danse L’Eventail, l’Opéra de Rennes, Le Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, l’Opéra De Massy, l’Opéra Grand Avignon, La Ville Du Touquet-Paris-Plage , ADAMI , SPEDIDAM.
Coproduction de la reprise : Opéra de Limoges

Comédie-ballet in five acts  from 1670

Commissioned by King Louis XIV to Molière and Lully for the carnival of 1670, this work is the quintessence of court entertainment: all the pleasures mingle there. This prose comedy-ballet belongs to a vein little known to Molière, which deserves to be rehabilitated: that of gallant poetry, almost Marivaldian before its time, which combines a fine and sensitive study of the feeling of love with the ironic and colourful painting of court life.

In this fairy tale universe, the misunderstandings of the heart and mind are both chanted and put into abyme by "entertainment", each more surprising than the next - marine games, statue ballets, mime games or country pastoral - for which Lully imagines a rich score and immense poetry.

It took three companies with expertise in aesthetics and the baroque repertoire (Les Malins Plaisirs - theater, Le Concert Spirituel - music, L'Eventail - dance) to work together again with absolute respect for the original spirit. Not without depth, the work offers a delightful satire of astrology, and proposes an initiatory journey whose entertainments are the gates to cross. 

Without it being a historical reconstitution, the visual magnificence is there, with changes of scenery on view, painted canvases and costumes skilfully combining contemporary haute couture and period motifs. A royal entertainment, with for objective the delight that the mixture of arts was supposed to provoke. 

Les Amants Magnifiques création
Interview Hervé Niquet Les Amants Magnifiques 1/2
Interview Hervé Niquet Les Amants Magnifiques 2/2
Interview Vincent Tavernier 1/2