Song of the Earth / La Sylphide

National Tour
11 Oct - 13 Jan
2 hours 50 minutes
including 2 intervals
MacMillan's masterpiece and a beloved classic, performed for the first time.

English National Ballet presents a double bill featuring Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece Song of the Earth and Frank Andersen’s recreation of La Sylphide.

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.

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.

A piercing work of art
Financial Times on Song of the Earth

La Sylphide

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.

Alison McWhinney and Aitor Arrieta, Song of the Earth. Isaac Hernández and Rina Kanehara, La Sylphide. Photo © Jason Bell. Art Direction and Design: Charlotte Wilkinson Studio.
La Sylphide is a beautiful jewel in the history of ballet and I can’t wait for the Company and our audiences to rediscover it.
Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director English National Ballet

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MEET THE PRINCIPAL CAST

See casting for all dates

Song of the Earth

Tamara Rojo

Lead Lady

Joseph Caley

Lead Man

Aaron Robison

Messenger

Gavin Sutherland

Conductor

Flora McIntosh

Mezzo Soprano

Simon Gfeller

Tenor

La Sylphide

Erina Takahashi

La Sylphide

Jeffrey Cirio

James

Discounts

Valid on performances at the London Coliseum. Only one discount per ticket. Subject to availability. Available on all performances and all price bands unless stated otherwise.

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Under 30’s
Two-for-one on top-price tickets (normally £65 per ticket).

Wheelchair Rate
£19/£9.50

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Milton Keynes Theatre, Tue 17 October 2017, 7.30pm

Song of the Earth

Tamara Rojo

Lead Lady

Joseph Caley

Lead Man

Aaron Robison

Messenger

Gavin Sutherland

Conductor

Flora McIntosh

Mezzo Soprano

Simon Gfeller

Tenor

La Sylphide

Erina Takahashi

La Sylphide

Jeffrey Cirio

James

Milton Keynes Theatre, Wed 18 October 2017, 7.30pm

Song of the Earth

Tamara Rojo

Lead Lady

Skyler Martin

Lead Man

Aaron Robison

Messenger

Misato Tomita

Guest Conductor

Rhonda Browne

Contralto

Samuel Sakker

Tenor

La Sylphide

Alison McWhinney

La Sylphide

Aitor Arrieta

James

Milton Keynes Theatre, Thu 19 October 2017, 2pm

Song of the Earth

Fernanda Oliveira

Lead Lady

Aitor Arrieta

Lead Man

Ken Saruhashi

Messenger

Gavin Sutherland

Conductor

Rhonda Browne

Contralto

Samuel Sakker

Tenor

La Sylphide

Rina Kanehara

La Sylphide

Ciro Tamayo

James

Milton Keynes Theatre, Thu 19 October 2017, 7.30pm

Song of the Earth

Erina Takahashi

Lead Lady

Isaac Hernández

Lead Man

Jeffrey Cirio

Messenger

Gavin Sutherland

Conductor

Rhonda Browne

Contralto

Samuel Sakker

Tenor

La Sylphide

Alison McWhinney

La Sylphide

Aaron Robison

James

Milton Keynes Theatre, Fri 20 October 2017, 7.30pm

Song of the Earth

Tamara Rojo

Lead Lady

Joseph Caley

Lead Man

Aaron Robison

Messenger

Gavin Sutherland

Conductor

Rhonda Browne

Contralto

Simon Gfeller

Tenor

La Sylphide

Rina Kanehara

La Sylphide

Isaac Hernández

James

Milton Keynes Theatre, Sat 21 October 2017, 2.30pm

Song of the Earth

Fernanda Oliveira

Lead Lady

Skyler Martin

Lead Man

Ken Saruhashi

Messenger

Misato Tomita

Guest Conductor

Rhonda Browne

Contralto

Samuel Sakker

Tenor

La Sylphide

Alison McWhinney

La Sylphide

Aitor Arrieta

James

Milton Keynes Theatre, Sat 21 October 2017, 7.30pm

Song of the Earth

Erina Takahashi

Lead Lady

Isaac Hernández

Lead Man

Jeffrey Cirio

Messenger

Gavin Sutherland

Conductor

Rhonda Browne

Contralto

Samuel Sakker

Tenor

La Sylphide

Shiori Kase

La Sylphide

Joseph Caley

James

Song of the Earth / La Sylphide