Thursday, 19 February 2015

Song of the Earth

The Royal Ballet in Rehearsal, Linbury Studio Theatre @ ROH - 17th February
Edward Watson in Song of the Earth
Photo: Johan Persson / ROH
The Royal Ballet’s latest ‘in rehearsal’ evening explored Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth. Dancers rehearsed the sixth movement and company staff chatted about the ballet’s brilliance.
Its score was written by Gustav Mahler just after he’d been told his heart was defective. According to Barry Wordsworth, it reflects both the composer’s “enthusiasm for life and the awareness he wouldn’t be around for long”. 
Monica Mason was in Song of the Earth’s original London cast and admires its “inventiveness, the development of choreography with the score, and its sense of the shortness of our lives”. For Coyle, the choreography’s “earthiness, other-worldliness and Oriental flavour” are what makes it so successful.

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