A few lines by the poet Théophile Gautier inspired Jean-Louis Vaudoyer for this short ballet, created on 19th April 1911 by Tamara Karsavina and Vaslav Nijinski, in a choreography signed by Michel Fokine.
After a ball, a young girl is holding a rose in her bedroom ; she is enraptured by its voluptuous scent and finally goes to sleep in a armchair. In her dreams, the spectre of the rose comes in through the window. She joins him in a magic dance before he disappears. She wakes up, feeling troubled, she looks around but can only see the rose.
A dream is essentially a window open towards all sorts of fantasies. This young girl’s dream is about the ghost of a rose, a spirit full of various symbols. It means love, desire, spilled blood, when thorn-pricked, life-saving blood. A gallery of scattered images to be visited with the key of dreams.
created on 19th May 2001
at la Gare du Midi de Biarritz
music Carl Maria Von Weber
choreography Thierry Malandain
set and costumes Jorge Gallardo
lighting design Jean-Claude Asquié
coproduced by Festival International Madrid en Danza, Malandain Ballet Biarritz
duration of the entire ballet 12’
ballet for 2 dancers