Dance opera performance Pygmalion by William Christie and Trisha Brown based on the 1748 production by Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764), world premiere in Holland Festival 2010.
In a coproduction with Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Holland Festival presents the world première of a new programme featuring the dance opera Pygmalion by the 18th century French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764). It’s the first collaboration between the ballet company of legendary New York choreographer Trisha Brown and the orchestra and choir of William Christie’s Les Arts Florissants. In conjunction with four top soloists they bring an exciting new vision of this high point in French baroque music. The programme opens with fragments of Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie, followed by Pygmalion, the story of a sculptor who falls in love with his own ivory creation and begs the goddess Venus to bring her to life.