Song of the Earth / La Sylphide
English National Ballet perform Kenneth MacMillan’s haunting masterpiece and a beloved ballet classic in a special double bill.
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Song of the Earth
Inspired by Mahler’s 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. The poetic songs are sung live by a tenor and contralto with the sublime score performed by English National Ballet Philharmonic.
First performed in 1965, Song of the Earth was a point of departure for MacMillan’s choreography, surprising and captivating audiences and critics. English National Ballet is honoured to add this revered MacMillan work to its repertoire.
‘No praise too high for this scrupulous, heartfelt, eloquent account.’
★★★★★ Financial Times
★★★★★ The Stage
On the morning of his wedding to his sweet fiancée Effy, James awakens from a dream to see a mysterious and tantalising Sylphide before him. His obsession with her sets off a fateful sequence of events where joy turns to sorrow, love to betrayal and infatuation to tragedy.
August Bournonville’s 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.
‘An enchanting blend of dance and storytelling.’
★★★★ The Independent
‘Glorious, bonkers fun, full of ceilidh-loving Scotsmen, vengeful witches and spirits.’
Image credit: Alison McWhinney, Aitor Arrieta, Isaac Hernandez and Rina Kanehara. Photo © Jason Bell. Art Direction and Design: Charlotte Wilkinson Studio.