Directed by Christophe Berthonneau, The Hidden Face of the Sun was premiered by Groupe F in 2007. Seen by over 50,000 spectators, it evokes the reign and the myths of Louis XIV, the Sun King, using a mix of fireworks, vividly lit characters, fire-puppets, flying machines, animation and a spherical throne. While making no claims to historical accuracy, the work offers a modern, sometimes disturbing take on absolute power, drawing its initial inspiration from the fireworks displays that began at Versailles in the 17th century, before the building of the palace there. After its first public and critical triumph, it was brought back in July 2008. The book Feux Royaux à Versailles is based on the original scenario, written by Elise Thiébaut in association with Christophe Berthonneau and Eric Noël. Thierry Nava’s photos bring a fresh eye to the scenography, the royal gardens and the palace. Set at the centre of Neptune’s Pool, the island-shaped stage comes to life as the heart of a world where past, present and future intermingle.