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Alexandra Ansanelli as Natalia Petrovna and Ivan Putrov as Beliaev in A Month in the Country © Dee Conway/ROH 2008

Alexandra Ansanelli as Natalia Petrovna © Dee Conway/ROH 2008

Scènes de ballet © Johan Persson/ROH 2011

Scènes de ballet © Johan Persson/ROH 2011

Reece Clarke in Symphonic Variations, The Royal Ballet © 2014, ROH. Photo by Tristram Kenton

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Scènes de ballet, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2011

Tristan Dyer in Symphonic Variations, The Royal Ballet © 2014, ROH. Photo by Tristram Kenton

Francesca Hayward in A Month in the Country, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2014

Alexandra Ansanelli as Natalia Petrovna in A Month in the Country © Dee Conway/ROH 2008

Alexandra Ansanelli as Natalia Petrovna © Dee Conway/ROH 2008

Ivan Putrov as Beliaev in A Month in the Country © Dee Conway/ROH 2008

Zenaida Yanowsky as Natalia Petrovna and Rupert Pennefather as Beliaev in A Month in the Country © Dee Conway/ROH 2008

Zenaida Yanowsky as Natalia Petrovna and Rupert Pennefather as Beliaev in A Month in the Country © Dee Conway/ROH 2008

Sarah Lamb in Scènes de ballet, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2011

Leticia Stock, Melissa Hamilton, Reece Clarke and Mayara Magri in Symphonic Variations, The Royal Ballet © 2014, ROH. Photo by Tristram Kenton

Alexandra Ansanelli as Natalia Petrovna © Dee Conway/ROH 2008

Zenaida Yanowsky as Natalia Petrovna and Rupert Pennefather as Beliaev in A Month in the Country © Dee Conway/ROH 2008

Zenaida Yanowsky as Natalia Petrovna and Rupert Pennefather as Beliaev in A Month in the Country © Dee Conway/ROH 2008

Zenaida Yanowsky as Natalia Petrovna and Gary Avis as Rakitin in A Month in the Country © Dee Conway/ROH 2008

Scènes de ballet © Johan Persson/ROH 2011

Scènes de ballet / Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan / Symphonic Variations / A Month in the Country

The Royal Ballet celebrates its Founder Choreographer, Frederick Ashton, with a mixed programme of some of his finest works.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Scènes de ballet / Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan / Symphonic Variations / A Month in the Country. It was last on stage 18 October—12 November 2014 as part of the Autumn 2014/15 season.

Background

The works of Frederick Ashton (1904–88) define the English style, exemplified by The Royal Ballet. Ashton's choreography is unique for its elegance, wit and refinement, and the huge body of work he created for the Company is one of his greatest legacies. In its current mixed programme The Royal Ballet brings together four of Ashton's most celebrated masterpieces.

Scènes de ballet radiates sophisticated elegance in its setting of Stravinsky's witty and energetic neoclassical score. Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan is an impassioned and distinctive homage to the American dancer who was one of Ashton's guiding influences. Symphonic Variations is a cornerstone in the Ashton style, rejoicing in graceful purity of line and movement. And A Month in the Country, one of Ashton's last works, is his poignant dramatic masterpiece, perfectly capturing the elegiac mood of Turgenev's play in an all-Chopin score.

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