"What did 18th-century France have in common with modern society? "Nobody can sit still for 3 minutes, or walk from here to there without looking at their iPhone," said Robert Carsen, the director of "Les Fêtes Vénitiennes," an opéra-ballet that opened yesterday at @bam_brooklyn. "I think in all of these kinds of pieces, which have this celebratory and very fast-changing sense, and are made for short attention spans, which is what you'd expect at the French court of the time — somehow there's something in sync with us today." André Campra's "Les Fêtes Vénitiennes" is a rare chance for iPhone-wielding audiences to see an opéra-ballet that was first performed in 1710. The genre — an amalgam of dance and singing that was originally described as a "ballet en musique" — was wildly popular in early 18th-century France but then largely disappeared, arousing interest again only in recent decades. So how to bring back a mostly lost form? The @bam_brooklyn production concentrates on the sense of spectacle and fun that the genre was known for. #regram from @jamesestrin, a @nytimes staff photographer." By nytimes on Instagram.
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