Love Fear Loss

Ricardo Amarante

A ballet inspired by the glorious life and music of Edith Piaf. Each pas de deux takes you through the experience of a relationship, Love, Fear and Loss. Her music was a complete reflection of her life.

  • World premiere by: the Royal Ballet of Flanders at the Theater A’Landje in Antwerp, (Holland), September 26th 2012
  • Premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza: at Teatro Calderón of Valladolid (Spain), February 28th 2020

In her early days it was her love songs that conquered the world. Her Hymne à l’amour reflected how she and everyone else could feel at a beginning of a relationship. After her marriage the struggle of relationships were prominent in most of her songs. Such a example of that was her mesmerizing interpretation of Ne me quitte pas which clearly showed fear. With the tragic loss of her husband, Mon Dieu was one of the songs that most related to one of the strongest feelings that we can have. The loss of the loved ones. A marvellous artist with such iconic songs, she was a mirror of everyone’s life.

“I created three very emotionally engaging pas de deux in a pure neoclassical style danced to only piano. The lyrics and voice of Piaf are transported through the feelings and movement of each couple.”
-Ricardo Amarante


Born in Brazil. He studied at the National Ballet School Cuba and English National Ballet School. As a soloist, he worked with Paris Opera Ballet, Jeune Ballet de France and Royal Ballet of Flanders. After creating many ballets for the Royal Ballet of Flanders, he participated in the New York Choreographic Institute. His ballet ‘Love Fear Loss’ received the French Dance Foundation award and was performed at many international galas and companies around the world. He was the commissioned choreographer for the Genée International Ballet Competition by The Royal Academy of Dance held in Antwerp. He has restaged and created works for many prestigious ballet schools in Europe as well as National Ballet of Cuba, Atlanta Ballet, Idaho Ballet, National Opera Ukraine, Dortmund Ballet, Abay State Opera and Ballet Theatre Almaty. In 2014, he created In Flanders Fields for the Royal Ballet of Flanders (Belgium), which was praised by dance magazines. Since 2016, Amarante has been the resident choreographer and an artistic associate at Astana Ballet in Kazakhstan, which has performed and toured his ballets to major theaters and festivals worldwide.


  • Choreography:
    Ricardo Amarante
  • Music:
    Introduction 'La Vie en Rose', Edith Piaf; 'Hymne à l'Amour', Edith Piaf; 'Ne me Quitte pas', Jacques Brel; 'Mon Dieu', Charles Dumont.
  • Arranged by:
    Nataliya Chepurenko
  • Costume and Lighting Design:
    Ricardo Amarante
  • Running time:
    16 minutes
  • Premiere cast CND:
    Haruhi Otani, Anthony Pina (Love), Giada Rossi, Alessandro Riga (Fear), Cristina Casa, Toby William Mallitt (Loss)