The Pleasures of the Enchanted Island

The Pleasures of the Enchanted Island, one of the great festivities organised at Versailles by Louis XIV, was the first collaboration between Molière and Lully. Six days of entertainments (May 7th - May 13th, 1664) established the legend of Versailles as a place of festivities. With the fantastic theme of the sorceress Alcine holding Roger and his valiant knights prisoners, Louis XIV offered his court an equestrian parade, a ‘ring race’, ballets, fireworks and a comedy-ballet La Princesse d’Elide, composed for the occasion by the two artists.