Online:
Watch Party: Song of the Earth

17—19 June

Join us for our seventh Wednesday Watch Party, on 17 June at 7pm BST: we’ll be watching Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth on Facebook and YouTube.

Inspired by Mahler’s haunting song cycle Das Lied von der Erde, MacMillan’s masterpiece 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. These roles are performed by ENB Artistic Director and Lead Principal Tamara Rojo, Lead Principal Joseph Caley and Lead Principal Jeffrey Cirio.

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 was honoured to add this revered MacMillan work to its repertoire and is delighted to be able to share it again with audiences across the world.

This performance was filmed at the Palace Theatre Manchester in October 2017 by English National Ballet and English National Ballet Philharmonic, featuring vocalists Rhonda Browne and Samuel Sakker. The work will be available to view online in full, for free, for 48 hours only.

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Episodes

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MEET THE PRINCIPAL CAST

Tamara Rojo CBE

Woman

Joseph Caley

Man

Jeffrey Cirio

Messenger
Rhonda Browne

Rhonda Browne

Contralto
Samuel Sakker

Samuel Sakker

Tenor

Creative Team

Kenneth MacMillan

Choreography

Gustav Mahler

Music

Nicholas Georgiadis

Designs

John B. Read

Lighting

Grant Coyle

Staging

Gavin Sutherland

English National Ballet Philharmonic Conductor

Misato Tomita

Guest Conductor

Matthew Scrivener

Leader
Jeffrey-Cirio-in-Song-of-the-Earth-©--Laurent-Liotardo

Reviews


“Flowing, sculptural movement with pure emotion at its heart.”
“As heart-stopping as I’ve ever seen it.”
“In these long years I recall few that were more true in expression, more penetrating in feeling. We saw a performance worthy of MacMillan’s choreography in all its imaginative power. I am profoundly grateful to Rojo and her company.”