Ballet de cour in twenty entrées with text by I. de Benserade and P. Quinault, music by Lully, production and choreography by Beauchamps and Pécour, and designs by J. Bérain. Premiered 21 Jan. 1681 at the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, with Beauchamps as Mars and Pécour in various entrées. The ladies and gentlemen of the court provided the rest of the cast in this baroque extravaganza. The work's finale celebrated Love as the ruler of both gods and men. Four months after its premiere, a performance (at the Paris Palais Royal) featured the first appearance of a professional ballerina, Mlle Lafontaine. Harald Lander staged a new version for the Royal Danish Ballet in 1962.