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Le Ballet Comique de la Reine Royaltys Attempt to Bring Harmony to Their Country On Sunday October 15 1581 in the Louvres Great Salle Le Ballet Comique de la Reine was performed to celebrate the marriage of Queen Louises sister Marguerite de Lorraine to King Henrys beloved Anne the Duke of Joyeuse This five-hour spectacle was the creation of Balthazar Beaujoyeulx who was employed for the occasion by Catherine de Medici This performance will most likely change the form of ballet as we know it Beaujoyeulxs Le Ballet Comique de la Reine combined dance verse music and scenography in one unified performance for the first time to the delight of an impressed audience of nearly 1000 people The ballet was an interpretation of the Circe fable from Homers Odyssey In this story the evil enchantress Circe has the performers in a spell As the ballet progresses the gods Jupiter Minerva and Mercury are called upon to defeat Circe and release the performers from her spell Actual peace and order is not restored until the King of France gets involved Supposedly the dances in the production were inspired by the ancient Greeks Pythagorean and Platonic concepts related to universal harmony and order is demonstrated in Beaujoyeulxs rhythm and choreographed spatial patterns The actual steps however do not show any connection with the ancient Greeks The steps of the actual ballet are the same as those of Renaissance social dances What Beaujoyleux did was develop and elaborate on theses steps in order to give them a new and exciting look The dance was divided up into three different choreographed parts The plot of the ballet was revealed through the different stages In the first stage there were twenty-four performers and they performed twelve distinct geometric figures In the second sequence the highlight was the performers proceeding to the middle of the room in pair while being accompanied with violins The second sequence is referred
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