La Rose Malade (The Sick Rose)

Ballet first presented on January 10, 1973.

Based on the poem The Sick Rose in Songs of Innocence by William Blake (1789) 

Choreographer: Roland Petit
Set Design: Alain Le Yaouanc
Costumes: Yves Saint Laurent
Music: Gustav Mahler
Cast: Maya Plisetskaya, Rudy Bryans, Woytek Lowski, and the dancers of the Ballets de Marseille    

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.

William Blake.