La Rose Malade (pas de deux)

Roland Petit

La Rose Malade was created for Maya Plisétskaya, 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.

  • World premiere by: the National Ballet of Marseille at the Opera Theater, Marseille (France) in 1973
  • Premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza: (Ballet del Teatro Lírico Nacional) at Teatro Principal de Zaragoza (Spain), December 15th 1987

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.


  • Choreography:
    Roland Petit
  • Music:
    Gustav Mahler (1869-1911)
  • Staging:
    Luigi Bonino
  • Technical supervision and lighting:
    Jean-Michel Désiré
  • Running time:
    12 minutes
  • Premiere cast CND:
    Maya Plisétskaya, Boris Yefimov