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In the french court the way you danced could change your life. Expect lively gavottes, elegant courants, sorrowful sarabands, sultry loures, toe tapping gigues and maybe even a clog dance. In a concert twinned with the iconic film Le Roi Danse, Hex perform the dance music of the french court and those of the lavish operatic spectacles. Featuring suites written by the film's protagonist Jean Baptist Lully, Marais’ infamous Grand Ballet -perhaps a metaphor for the complexity and danger of court life- and Rebel’s Caracteres de la Danse a show piece for the most virtuosic dancers to show off their mastery of every style.

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Festival of the Sun King

Initiated by Hex Ensemble the best way to define this series of film screenings and live music concerts is to list the alternative titles discussed for the series:

Festival of the Sun King - Exploring the the world of the French Court through Music and Film.

Tous les Matins du Monde - A series of films and concerts inspired by the French baroque.

Versailles - Reflections and echoes from the French court.

Hex was formed in 2022 and had its inaugural performance at Brixworth Music Festival. The group was set up to explore the otherworldly sounds of violas da gamba with continuo. Inspired by the associations between the viola da gamba and voice the group works on the historical practice of vocal transcriptions to bring in lesser performed composers into their concerts. Naturally at home in the French baroque, the group aims to win this rarely performed music new fans with programmes that showcase the beauty and expressivity of this repertoire.