MacMillan’s masterpiece and a beloved classic, performed for the first time.
English National Ballet presents a double bill featuring Kenneth MacMillanâs masterpiece Song of the Earth and Frank Andersenâs recreation of La Sylphide.
Song of the Earth
Inspired by Mahlerâs haunting song cycle Das Lied von der Erde, MacMillan brings music, poetry and choreography together to capture the fragility of life, and its constant renewal. Three central figures portray the bittersweet reality of love, loss, and mortality: a Woman, a Man and an enigmatic Messenger.
First performed in 1965, Song of the Earth was a point of departure for MacMillanâs choreography, surprising and captivating audiences and critics. English National Ballet is honoured to add this revered MacMillan work to its repertoire.
August Bournonvilleâs classic Romantic ballet is devotedly recreated by Eva Kloborg and Frank Andersen in this captivating production, and is accompanied by an enchanting score, played live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.
La Sylphide is a beautiful jewel in the history of ballet and I canât wait for the Company and our audiences to rediscover it.
Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director English National Ballet
Get a unique insight into Song of the Earth â hear Tamara Rojo and Deborah MacMillan discuss this masterwork in the video below.
Hosted by Sarah Crompton live from St Martins Lane ahead of its tour this autumn/winter season to Manchester (11 â 14 Oct), Milton Keynes (17 â 21 Oct), and the London Coliseum (9 â 20 Jan).
New score, adapted from Adolphe Adam original by composer Vincenzo Lamagna.
Set and costumes by Tim Yip.
Performed by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Music director; Gavin Sutherland.
Dramaturgy; Ruth Little. Lighting design; Mark Henderson.
“When I decided I wanted to bring Giselle, one of the most traditional pieces of the classical repertoire, into the 21st Century there was only one choreographer I believe had both the knowledge of tradition and creativity necessary for this task. I am incredibly excited that Akram accepted this challenge. I believe this will be a very important step for the whole art form and I hope it will make this beautiful classic relevant to new audiences.” Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director, English National Ballet.
In January 2016 Tamara Rojo Diez becomes D.A. Magna Cum Laude
Thesis Title: PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILE OF THE ELITE DANCER â VOCATIONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PROFESSIONAL DANCER.
REY JUAN CARLOS UNIVERSITY: FACULTY OF LEGAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES – ALICIA ALONSO DANCE INSTITUTE – DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE EDUCATION, LANGUAGE, CULTURE AND ARTS, LEGAL AND HUMANISTIC SCIENCES HISTORY AND MODERN LANGUAGES.