Ballet danced in Paris by Louis XIV. (Paris: 1665)
Ballet royal de la naissance de Venus. Dansé par sa majesté, le 26. de Ianuier 1665. (Paris, 1665)
Ballet The ballet is divided into two parts. The first part contains the birth of Venus while the second represents a series of myths (the rape of Europa, Daphne and Apollo, Ariadne on Naxos) that show her power. Section "Ballet royal de la naissance de Venus. Argument."
Music Sung by Neptune and Thetis, accompanied by Tritons. Libretto Section "Premiere partie." This section contains an account of the birth of Venus sung by Neptune, Thetis and the Tritons.
Machine Venus appears on a throne made of mother-of-pearl.
Stage_design A scene change so that the stage now represents the month of May.
Ballet The second part of the ballet begins with the Three Graces singing the praises of Venus as an introduction to the three myths to follow. Section "Seconde partie."
Stage_design Another scene change. The stage now represents the Temple of Paphos.
Stage_design The final scene change, this time representing Hell for the story of Orpheus and Euridyce. Ballet The "danse des ombres".