The King Who Invented Ballet, introduced by David Bintley, head of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, shows how Louis XIV’s support and energy for move achieved the advancement of artful dance, from an instrument of publicity in the French regal court into an expert fine art in its own right.

Outlined through Bintley’s own long lasting individual interest with Louis XIV, the movie graphs how artful dance created during the rule of the Sun King, while additionally following Bintley’s formation of The King Dances – a fresh out of the plastic new one-act expressive dance for the Birmingham Royal Ballet which will get its TV world debut on BBC Four straightforwardly following the narrative.

During Louis XIV’s rule, move was fundamental to the lives of the honorability and Louis, himself a sharp artist, guaranteed that it would form into a work of art that could be educated, protected and shared by appointing the creation of move documentation and the establishment of the world’s first artful dance school.

The narrative glances at the focal social significance of move in Louis’ period and highlights exceptionally shot move pieces that help outline what sixteenth and seventeenth Century move resembled and how it changed from being overwhelmed by the male honorability to presenting the main expert female ballet performers – pioneers of ladies in move.

Bintley likewise visits staggering areas remembering Waddesdon Manor for Aylesbury, The Paris Opera, The Louver, The Palace of Versailles and the Biblioteque Mazarine, to rejuvenate the universe of Louis XIV and investigate the aesthetic and political inheritance he abandoned.


Bintley’s new artful dance – the 35-minute The King Dances investigates Louis’ excursion to kinghood and The Ballet de la Nuit – the fundamental move work from 1653 that presented the long term old Louis as the Rising Sun and the deliverer of France after a time of common war known as The Fronde. Including a unique score by Stephen Montague, outfits and plans by Katrina Lindsay and lighting planned by Peter Mumford, The King Dances is performed by 14 male artists and one female artist and was shot uncommonly for its reality debut on BBC Four at the Birmingham Hippodrome in June 2015

(BBC Documentary)