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Major revivals of three classic one-act ballets from throughout his career celebrate the work of Sir Frederick Ashton. Dating from 1933, the exquisite, youthful Les Rendezvous light-heartedly depicts a series of chance encounters in a Paris park. Widely regarded as one of Ashton's greatest masterpieces, Symphonic Variations is a plotless ballet for six dancers which superbly reflects the flow of Cesar Franck's great score for piano and orchestra. Created in 1963 as a vehicle for Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, Marguerite and Arnaud is a haunting version of Dumas' tragic love story, La Dame aux camelias. Thais pas de deux - Set to the Meditation from Thais by Jules Massenet with designs by Anthony Dowell this bewitching oriental dream sequence was created by Frederick Ashton for a gala at the Adelphi Theatre London in March 1971. Originally created on Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell Thais pas de deux has been part of the repertory of The Royal Ballet for over twenty years. These performances are the first with a new cast in the work's history.

Archive listings for Ashton Revisited

Work type: Dance or ballet.


Les Rendezvous (new production of 1959 classic. Auber, L'Enfant Prodigue), Symphonic Variations (Cesar Franck), Marguerite and Armand (Franz Liszt). Thais pas de deux [Jules Massenet]Company Royal Ballet. Conductor Paul Murphy. Choreographer Frederick Ashton. Design Anthony Ward. Design Sophie Fedorovitch. Design Cecil Beaton. Design Anthony Dowell (Thais pas de deux). Performer Leanne Benjamin (Thais pas de deux 18/22). Performer Jonathan Cope (Thais pas de deux 18/22). Performer Jonathan Cope (Armand - Marguerite and Armand).
15 Mar 00 to 22 Mar 00Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
listing details L01124028060
29 Feb 00 to 22 Mar 00Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
listing details L01616316453

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