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Literary Criticism Of Ballet Royal De La Nuit By Jean-Baptiste Boesset

Le Ballet de la Nuit tells a story of the rising sun coming out to expel the darkness. In truth this is a greater metaphor for Louis the 14th to rise to power. Luis being the sun and upholding the french monarchy, allowing france to flourish and prosper in more ways than one.

Through the use of choreography and costume le Ballet de la Nuit is a demonstration of power. It is a ballet constructed to show Louis’s rise to power as King to be the absolute monarch of France. This is shown in his dress as well as position. The King is dressed as the sun, wearing a gigantic golden headdress rendered to look as the sun, his garments are adorned to match. Louis is also sporting red soled leather heels, a trademark to make him stand out from the rest of the courtiers even more so.

Placed center stage slightly above the rest of his castmates Louis performs his dance with strength and power.Just as the planets revolve around the sun the other dancers orbit Louis. A demonstration as to how it should and will be, as Louis time as King approaches. As the other dancers orbit around the sun they also fall under his command. The choreography is stiff, showing Louis determined power in his graceful but firm hand gestures. He is the sun surrounded by and commander of his plantes. Just as he will command the court when he is to become King.

The choreography is so strong that a picture of Louis is forged and sent out as propaganda for his awaited reign. Not only was the court moved enough by his performance to respect him as the future king. Also the rest of the kingdom would come to respect the image of the rising sun king.

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