Ballet by John Neumeier

 

Music
  Maurice Ravel
Choreography
  John Neumeier
Set
Costumes
  Jürgen Rose

55 min.

 

World Premiere
Frankfurt Ballet, Frankfurt, January 2, 1972

 

Original Cast
  Marianne Kruuse
Truman Finney
Beatrice Cordua
Maximo Barra 

 

Premiere in Hamburg
The Hamburg Ballet, October 18, 1973

 

Original Hamburg Cast
  Marianne Kruuse
Truman Finney
Beatrice Cordua
Maximo Barra 

 

What has Chloe's kiss done to me?
Her lips were softer than rose petals,
and her mouth sweeter than honeycombs.
Many times I have kissed baby goats,
many times I have kissed new born puppies
and the calf
that Dorkon gave us.
But this kiss is new and strange.
My breath leaps out of me,
my heart flutters,
my soul melts away,
and yet I want to kiss her again.
Oh, what an evil victory!
Oh, what a strange sickness!
Whose name I don't even know.
Did Chloe taste poison just before she kissed me?
Why didn't she die?
The nightingales sing,
but my pipe lies silent.
Baby goats are frolicking,
but I sit here.
The flowers are at their loveliest,
but I don't weave garlands.
While the violets and hyacinth bloom,
Daphnis is pining away.

Longus, "Daphnis and Chloe"

 

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