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Iana Salenko as the Young Girl and Steven McRae as the Young Man in The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Andrej Uspenski

Iana Salenko as the Young Girl and Steven McRae as the Young Man in The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Andrej Uspenski

Lauren Cuthbertson as the Young Woman and Vadim Muntagirov as the Young Man in Frederick Ashton’s The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper.

Lauren Cuthbertson as the Young Woman in Frederick Ashton’s The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper.

Lauren Cuthbertson as the Young Woman and Vadim Muntagirov as the Young Man in Frederick Ashton’s The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper.

Lauren Cuthbertson as the Young Woman and Vadim Muntagirov as the Young Man in Frederick Ashton’s The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper.

Lauren Cuthbertson as the Young Woman and Vadim Muntagirov as the Young Man in Frederick Ashton’s The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper.

Alexander Campbell as the Young Man, Yuhui Choe as Young Girl and Itziar Mendizabal as the Gypsy Girl in Frederick Ashton’s The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper.

Edward Watson, Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli in Monotones II © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Christopher Gable as The Young Man and Lynn Seymour as The Young Girl in Les Deux Pigeons, The Royal Ballet Touring Company, 1961 © ROH. Photograph by Donald Southern

Monotones I and II / The Two Pigeons

The Royal Ballet

Ashton’s sublime modernist ballet is a counterpoint to this much-anticipated revival of his charming comic romance.

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.

Background

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.

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