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by, ahem, Marie Taglioni.

As well as Louis XIV! What an amazing accent they chose to portray the Sun King! He sounds more like a someone trying to sell you cheap wine than an aristocrat... most amusing! But, it was great to hear Louis XIV expounding on ballet's virtues in preparing one for the use of weapons.

Do click on the "discover more" buttons... here's a quote from one of them:

Such productions were enormously expensive and featured fantastical and lavish costumes. This particular costume may have been a joke at the King's expense. Once, when his servants found themselves underpaid, they appeared before him half-dressed, claiming that their income was so meagre they could not afford to clothe themselves. Another character in the ballet appeared as a huge pair of much repaired trousers with a head.
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