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Royal festivities at the French court

With music, singing, dancing and sumptuous costumes, Doulce Mémoire invite you to come and enjoy their evocation of such a celebration at the court of François I.

Francis I, who was crowned king of France at the age of twenty, was a chivalrous monarch, a builder of châteaux, a patron who gathered around him the most illustrious artists, poets, musicians, architects and engineers of the Renaissance, including Leonardo da Vinci, Benvenuto Cellini and Francesco Primaticcio. Young, athletic and an excellent dancer, he was to involve all those artists in the court entertainments that reached their height with the so-called “Magnificences” – extravagant and highly refined expressions of the art of the French court fête.

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Hubert Hazebroucq, choreography
Jérôme Bourdin, costumes
Philippe Vallepin, staging
Jérôme Allart, lighting

Hubert Hazebroucq, dancer
Gloria Giordano, dancer
Olivier Collin, dancer
Annabelle Blanc, dancer

Véronique Bourin, soprano
Hugues Primard, tenor
Pascale Boquet, lute, Renaissance guitar
Elsa Frank, Adrien Reboisson, Jérémie Papasergio, Denis Raisin Dadre, bombards, dulcians and recorders
Bruno Caillat, percussion

In the Press

“Truly creative. Much more than a re-creation, restoration or reconstruction.”, 24 November 2015, Nicolas Villodre

” The performance was superb and gorgeous in its authenticity, with period music, dances, and costumes. […] We look forward to seeing more performances like this in the future.”
IATC (International Association of Theatre Critics), Hong Kong, 2 June 2015, Dic-Lun Fung