Jeune Homme
English National Ballet has launched the New Year with two double bills anchored by August Bournonville’s beloved “La Sylphide.” Over the course of a two-week run, the Romantic staple—a flutter of forest sprites and lively Highlanders—is alternately paired with Kenneth Macmillan’s “Song of the Earth” and Roland Petit’s “Le Jeune Homme et la Mort,” both of which dedicate a principal role to Death.
La Sylphide
Seeing this work recently performed by the Australian Ballet as a double bill with Marius Petipa’s “Paquita” serving as an irresistible 19th-century classicism appetiser, is like discovering a much sort after time machine.
On Saturday, January 24, New York City Ballet celebrated in style the 111th anniversary of company co-founder and choreographer George Balanchine, who was born on January 22, 1904.