“Barockissimo! Les Arts Florissants on stage” Exhibition


Since its founding, in 1979, by conductor William Christie, Les Arts Florissants has been reaping critical and audience plaudits for its productions of Baroque music ranging from the seminal operas and ballets of Jean-Philippe Rameau and Jean-Baptiste Lully to the stirring oratorios of George Frideric Handel, staged by such talented directors and choreographers as Jean-Marie Villégier, Pierre Barrat, Trisha Brown, and Jiří Kylián. Now the ensemble is conquering a new artistic frontier: the museum. The exhibition “Barockissimo! Les Arts Florissants on stage” will display more than 100 stage costumes, including Christian Lacroix’s creations for Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s lyric tragedy Actéon and Henry Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas, as well as set models and photographs, all accompanied by Les Arts Florissants recordings.

The exhibition runs from April 9 through September 18, Centre national du costume de scène.

As first published on BlouinArtinfo.com