Why See The Dream / Symphonic Variations / Marguerite and Armand?
A celebration of Royal Balet's founding dancemaster
The works of Sir Frederick Ashton form the basis of this mixed repertory programme that showcases the best of English ballet. The founding choreographer of the Royal Ballet, he is famed across the world's ballet companies for establishing the signature style of RB, with focus given to fleeting smooth footwork and sensuous lines of the dancer's body. Three of his most prominent works feature in this engagement, that takes in the range of his choreographic skill. A must-see for dance afficianados.
The Dance is Ashton's enchanting adaptation into ballet form of Shakespeare's fantastical comedy A Midsummer's Night Dream, which premiered in 1964. Symphonic Variations was acclaimed as his first masterpiece, examining the beauty of pure movement through abstract dance. And finally Marguerite and Armand tells a tragic story of a doomed love affair, and is inspired by the legendary partnership of Margaret Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev.
Opening night: 2 June 2017
Suitable for ages 12+
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