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Song of the Earth

Kenneth MacMillan (1965)

Created by Scottish choreographic genius Kenneth MacMillan, former Director of the Royal Ballet, Song of the Earth is set to Mahler’s song cycle Das Lied von der Erde, the lyrics to which were freely translated from a collection of eighth century Chinese poems. With a subtle use of oriental motifs both in the music and the choreography, Song of the Earth explores man’s struggle to accept mortality and the hope and renewal that comes with death. 


Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan
Music: Gustav Mahler
Design: Nicholas Georgiadis


Song of the Earth








What the press said

“The trio of dancers at the heart of the choreography – Adam Blyde, Erik Cavallari and Sophie Martin – connect us, with exquisitely nuanced detail, to the life cycle expressed in the songs. Blyde, the Messenger of Death, shadows the unfolding actions with a potent subtlety, while Cavallari offers a boundless vitality that Martin answers with a porcelain delicacy.”
The Herald

“Deeply moving”
Sunday Herald

“Timelessly beautiful.”
The Herald

 “A standout highlight which made the audience gasp was the performers themselves creating a sea with their bodies and rotating dancers through their rolling waves. Truly spectacular and deserving of the intakes of breath around the theatre.”


Double Bill at Sadler's Wells

(performed with Elo's Kings 2 Ends)

Sadler's Wells, London  
3-4 November 2011

US Tour 2011

(performed with Elo's Kings 2 Ends)

Dorothy Chandler Pavillion
Los Angeles, California
14-16 October 2011
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Jackson Hall, Davis, California
19 October 2011
Orpheum Theatre 
Minneapolis, Minnesota (Part of Northrop Festival)
22 Oct 2011

Edinburgh International Festival 2011

(performed with Elo's Kings 2 Ends)

The Playhouse, Edinburgh
26-28 August 2011

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