La Rose Malade

Roland Petit

La Rose Malade was created for Maya Plisetskaya, and it shows: hypnotising port de bras with arms moving like underwater plants. Set to the Adagietto from Mahler’s Fifth Symphony the music and subdued lighting are beautiful by themselves. Add a wonderful couple of dancers and the result is bewitching.


Choreography based on William´s Blake poem The marriage of heaven and hell based upon Gustav Mahler´s fifth symphony Adaggietto.

O Rose thou art sick.
The invisible worm,
That flies in the night
In the howling storm:
Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy:
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.