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A Ballet in two acts. A complicated story based on a Persian fable which tells of Iskender, the King, who realizing that the days of his youth had ended, wandered through Iran, seeking the Flower of Immortality. When he reached the extremities of the Earth, he found, a Péri [servant of the Pure Ones] sleeping in her robe of precious jewels. A star sparkled above her head, and in her hand shone the Flower. Iskender leaned noiselessly over the Sleeper, and without awaking her, took away the Flower which burnt in his hands as hot as the mid-day sun. The Péri awoke and uttered a loud cry, as without the flower she could no longer reascend towards the Light of Ormuzd. Iskender, seeing her beauty, lusted after her in his heart, the lotus in his hand glowed red, betraying his desires. The Péri then knew that this Flower of Life was not intended for Iskender and tried to take it back from him. The King, moved the flower away from her, but the Péri danced the dance of the Péris, drawing ever nearer, until her face touched the face of Iskender. At the end of her dance he returned the flower to her without regret. The lotus then glowed brightly, and the form of the Peri seemed to melt into the light. Iskender saw her disappear and realized that this signified his approaching end. (Summary of the programme synopsis for The Royal Ballet's production at The Royal Opera House)