Le Carrousel de Sanssouci 2013

EXPERIENCE BAROQUE FESTIVAL CULTURE IN ITS ORIGINAL SETTING!

'Le Carrousel de Sanssouci', a spectacular baroque equestrian display from the days of Frederick the Great, is a fascinating journey back in time to the forgotten world of royal court pomp and splendour. From 18 to 21 July 2013, experience a unique combination of classical horsemanship, live baroque music, singing, dance and artistic finesse against the historical backdrop of the New Palace in Sanssouci Park – a show that can be enjoyed only in Potsdam!

In the summer of 1750, Frederick the Great invited guests to attend court festivities at his royal residences in Berlin and Potsdam in honour of his sister Wilhelmine’s visit. The highlight of the celebrations was the ›Carrousel de Berlin‹. This ›equestrian ballet‹ was performed by the best riders in Prussia, including all of the King’s brothers. Four quadrilles of riders, dressed in the costumes of ancient civilizations, vied for sumptuous prizes that were presented to them by Princess Amalie, the ›carrousel queen‹.

The ›Carrousel de Berlin‹ was the biggest festivity during the rule of Frederick the Great, and is the spectacle upon which 'Le Carrousel de Sanssouci' is modelled. The performance features authentic reproductions of 1750 costumes, and riders who have painstakingly rehearsed the complex equestrian choreographies of the time. The accompanying music – which ranges from majestic marches to gentle chamber music – was also largely rediscovered in ancient archives!

TICKETS ON SALE FROM THURSDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 2012

»POMP AND SPLENDOUR IN POTSDAM -
A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME TO BAROQUE COURT DELIGHTS«

(ZDF - heute in Deutschland)

»GIVES A SENSE OF THE SPLENDOUR THAT PREVAILED AT ROYAL COURTS«

(Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung)

»PRIME FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT -
AN IMPRESSIVE PLETHORA OF ARTISTS«
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(Kulturradio rbb)

Full reviews of 'Le Carrousel de Sanssouci' can be found soon in the Media section

Some impressions of the 2012 performance:

Photographic rights: HFP/Niels Stappenbeck

 

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