English National Ballet -
Song of the Earth, La Sylphide at the Manchester Palace Theatre
2 works new to English National
repertoire, Sir Kenneth MacMillan's masterwork, Song of the Earth and August
Bournonville's La Sylphide recreated by Frank Andersen and Eva Kloborg, will be
performed at the Manchester Palace Theatre, from 11 October to 14 October 2017.
1st performed in 1965, MacMillan's choreography for Song of the Earth was
different from anything he had previously devised. Featuring three central
figures, a Woman, a Man, and a Messenger, this powerful, moving exploration of
life, death, and renewal is set to Mahler's song cycle, Das Lied von der Erde,
performed live by the English National Ballet Philharmonic. These performances
of Song of the Earth coincide with the 25th Anniversary of MacMillan's death.
Devised by 1 of the world's leading producers
of Bournonville ballets, Frank Anderson and Eva Kloborg's faithful version of
the 1830's Romantic ballet La Sylphide sees James wake from a dream on the
morning of his wedding to Effy to encounter a mysterious sylphide before him,
setting off a fateful sequence of events.
Song of the Earth and La Sylphide will also be performed at the London Coliseum
in January 2018.