Performance

VenueRoyal Opera House
Other spaces at this venue include: Linbury Studio, Ballet Studio, Clore Studio,Floral Hall
TownWest End
CountyGreater London
From14th April 2018
To11th May 2018
WhenApr 14 at 19:00. Apr 18,25,30, May 2,4,8,11 at 19:30
What is currently on at Royal Opera House (V377)

The Royal Ballet

The Royal BalletT02054428111


Archive :: production:T02054428111, dance or ballet:S909, venue:V377
Current production:Work

Obsidian Tear/Marguerite and Armand/Elite Syncopations

Frederick Ashton created Marguerite and Armand for Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn in 1963, as a celebration of their unique dance partnership. The narrative was drawn from the play La Dame aux camelias by Alexandre Dumas fils, which also inspired Giuseppe Verdi's opera La traviata. Ashton concentrates the play's tragic essence in choreography of great intensity - Fonteyn recalled that rehearsals for the work contained 'a passion more real than life itself'. The ballet is set to Franz Liszt's La lugubre gondola and his famous Piano Sonata in B Minor. It depicts the burgeoning love between Marguerite and Armand, movingly expressed through passionate lifts and increasingly free movements. However, the lovers' happiness is threatened by social convention and the 'gilded cage' in which Marguerite lives - evoked by Cecil Beaton in his elegant stage designs. The final pas de deux, as Marguerite lies dying in Armand's arms, is among the most moving in Ashton's output.

Company

Choreographer Frederick Ashton
Conductor Tom Seligman
Music Dudley Simpson (orchestration)
Design Cecil Beaton
Lighting John B Read

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