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The Dream / Song Of The Earth

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A double bill bringing together work by Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan Read More >

The Dream / Song Of The Earth is a double bill bringing together work by Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan.

Ashton’s one-act rendering of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream brings out the contrasts of mortal and fairy worlds as a disagreement between Oberon and Titania (the fairy king and queen) escalates to comic confusion. Mendelssohn’s music is a perfect partner to the ballet’s shifting moods, with witty invention and virtuoso dance that culminates in a powerful pas de deux for Oberon and Titania.

In Song Of The Earth, the contemplative and poetic interpretation of Mahler’s song-cycle shows MacMillan in profound mood. In it, the transience of life is illuminated, especially through the moving interactions of the Man, the Woman and the enigmatic Messenger of Death.

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 01/02/2012

Closing Night: 05/03/2012

Running time: 2h30

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Cast & Creative


Dram: Roberta Marquez, Alina Cojocaru, Steven McRae, Sergei Polunin. Song: Tamara Rojo, Marianela Nuñez, Leanne Benjamin, Nehemiah Kish, Valeri Hristov, Rupert Pennefather, Carlos Acosta, Edward Watson.


Designer - Dream: David Walker. Song: Nicholas Georgiadis.

Choreographer - Dream: Frederick Ashton. Song: Kenneth MacMillan.

Conductor - Barry Wordsworth

Lighting Designer - John B Read

Music By - Dream: Mendelssohn. Song: Mahler.

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Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom WC2E 9DD

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