Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Monotones I and II / The Two Pigeons. It was last on stage 18 November—5 December 2015 as part of the Autumn 2015/16 season.
Frederick Ashton, Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet, defined the English style. In this double programme the Company celebrates Ashton and his legacy in two iconic works. Ashton originally created Monotones (1965) as a gala piece – an unearthly pas de trois danced to Debussy’s orchestration of Satie’s haunting Trois Gymnopédies. The following year he created a complementary pas de trois, much more earthbound, to precede the original piece, this time using Satie’s Trois Gnossiennes. The resulting diptych is a startling work of breathtaking clarity and modernism.
The Two Pigeons (1962) is a quintessential Ashton ballet. Through this story of a wayward young man blind to the values of what is right in front him, Ashton explores the nature of love in one of his most charming, elegant and moving works.
Frederick Ashton created more than one hundred works during his lifetime (1904–88). For further information, please visit www.frederickashton.org.uk.
News and features
24 November 2015
Following the first performance of The Two Pigeons at the Royal Opera House for 30 years, which forgotten classics would you love to see again?
19 November 2015
What did you think of The Royal Ballet's Mixed Programme of works by Frederick Ashton?
13 November 2015
Our quick introduction to this mixed programme of works by Frederick Ashton, Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet.
10 November 2015
Ashton’s abstract masterpiece subtly reflects the unearthly world of Satie’s hypnotic Trois Gymnopédies.
14 July 2015
A look back at the premiere of Ashton's charming ballet which starred Lynn Seymour, Christopher Gable and two live pigeons with 'excellent manners'.
18 February 2013
Fascinating insights from ballet greats into the creative process of The Royal Ballet's Founder Choreographer.