Here are four video extracts of Zaïs as recorded live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 27 April 2014 and prepared for Jonathan and Edith’s article ‘Music, dance and narrative in Rameau’s Zaïs: bringing the immortal back to life’ in Dance Research.
Extract no. 1: Prologue, sc. iii – an example of the role of dance in advancing the narrative.
Extract no. 2: Act I, sc. iii-iv – An example in context of Rameau’s use of danse grotesque in an otherwise serious scene.
Extract no. 3: Act II, sc. iv – An example of Ballet figuré, where mimed action continues the narrative.
Extract no. 4: Act IV, sc. iv – Contredanse en rondeau [pour les Peuples et Génies élémentaires, Sylphes et Sylphides, Bergers et Bergères, Pâtres et Pastourelles, Plaisirs et Jeux]