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Watch: Song of the Earth in rehearsal

Royal Ballet Principals Laura Morera, Nehemiah Kish and Edward Watson rehearse Kenneth MacMillan's piece with Monica Mason and notator Grant Coyle.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

27 March 2015 at 10.22am | 2 Comments

Royal Ballet Principals Laura Morera, Nehemiah Kish and Edward Watson recently rehearsed Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth with former Director of The Royal Ballet, Monica Mason and Principal Dance Notator Grant Coyle as part of an ROH Insights event.

Originally created in 1965, the ballet is a powerful exploration in ballet of love, loss and renewal, featuring a narrative inspired by six T’ang-dynasty poems. MacMillan summarized it thus: ‘A man and a woman; death takes the man; they both return to her and at the end of the ballet, we find that in death there is the promise of renewal.’

The ballet’s choreography sees MacMillan draw on non-classical and modernist movements, danced to Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde – six songs featuring tenor and soprano voices.

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Song of The Earth will be performed with The Four Temperaments and Untouchable as part of a Royal Ballet mixed programme running from 27 March–14 April 2015. Tickets are sold out, though returns may become available and there are 67 day tickets for each performance.

The programme is given with generous philanthropic support from Sarah and Lloyd Dorfman.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

27 March 2015 at 10.22am

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Kenneth Macmillan, Edward Watson, Laura Morera, Monica Mason, Nehemiah Kish, Production, Rehearsal, ROH Insights, Song of the Earth

This article has 2 comments

  1. Lynn and Simon responded on 27 March 2015 at 7:08pm Reply

    Many thanks for making this rehearsal available on the website. We were fortunate enough to attend the Insight Rehearsal and are very much looking forward to Monday's performance. Laura's leap had the whole audience holding its breath. It was fabulous to see such amazing dancers shaping their roles in such a wonderful ballet, with Monica's and Grant's expert guidance. Thanks also to Paul for piano and impromptu baritone. A truly memorable evening.

  2. Betty From Canada responded on 8 April 2015 at 8:47pm Reply

    Inspiring work of art. So grateful to the people to make the video available to all the friends of Royal Ballet worldwide. I

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