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Roland Petit's Le Jeune Homme et la Mort at English National Ballet

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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

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