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Published on Jan 18, 2012
Le Jeune Homme et la Mort, a sensational dance-drama, was famously performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov in the opening sequence of the movie White Nights (1985) and encapsulates the existential world of post-war Paris. This sensational dance-drama, invented by Jean Cocteau for Roland Petit, sees a faithless woman tormenting her young lover in his cluttered Parisian garret, driving him to desperation and despair.
This performance by English National Ballet was part of a season dedicated to Roland Petit who will be remembered throughout the world as one of the finest choreographers of the 20th century. It features a guest performance from Ivan Vasiliev as the Young Man with Jia Zhang as the girl he adores.
CREDITS Choreography Roland Petit Libretto Jean Cocteau Design Georges Wakhevitch Music Johan Sebastian Bach Orchestration Ottorino Respighi Costumes Karinska Lighting Jean-Michel Desire