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Cyrano de Bergerac and the Empires of the Sun

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Cyrano de Bergerac - September 2009

Groupe F revisits the work of Cyrano de Bergerac and proposes a modern fairytale based on his science-fiction novel: Comical History of the States and Empires of the Sun and Moon. Fireworks displays, figures of light and animated images transform the scene and invite the spectators into comic and cosmic adventures in the past and present world through a utopian exploration of the solar and lunar universes.

Cyrano de Bergerac died, his work was forgotten, and he became a fiction of Edmond Rostand, who made him the central character of his play “Cyrano de Bergerac”.
In two parts, The Other World, The Comical History of the States and Empires of the Moon, and The Comical History of the States and Empires of the Sun is a science fiction novel of the 17th century. It describes a journey into an imaginary world that sometimes resembles our world: on his journey to the Moon and then the Sun, the narrator figure Dyrcona experiences comic and cosmic adventures that are the point of departure of the show.
Around this character who writes his adventures “in letters of fire”, five adventures are organised, five explorations that revisit Versailles from the viewpoint of Cyrano de Bergerac: a lunar voyage, a solar voyage, a terrestrial voyage, a celestial voyage and an interior voyage.

Exploration is the connecting thread of these scenes which feature Dyrcona and his acolytes, mythical or cosmic humans and animals. In the Moon, the dreams collide and interrelate, marvellous machines are invented before our eyes and open up other possible worlds, other dimensions, other explorations.
In the magical setting of Versailles, which was built in Cyrano de Bergerac’s lifetime, Feux de Lune proposes a modern fairytale that brings together the world of yesterday and the worlds of tomorrow: at a time when space travel has become a reality, when black holes threaten to swallow up the world, and when the Earth itself is being transformed by human interference, the time has come to explore our own dreams and give them a chance to transform reality.

Fireworks displays, figures of light and animated images transfigure space and reveal it, setting the Neptune fountain ablaze and making Versailles a launching pad towards the Other World of Cyrano de Bergerac.


Famous for setting the Eiffel Tower ablaze in 2000, Groupe F designs and performs monumental fireworks shows throughout the world.

Saturday 29 August, 5 and 12 September

Friday 4 and 11 September
Thursday 10 September
Bassin de Neptune – 9.30 pm

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