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.
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.
News and features
22 October 2014
Audience comments from the first night of works by Frederick Ashton, including Scènes de ballet and Symphonic Variations.
17 October 2014
The choreographer’s signature appears in nearly all his ballets – but it's not always easy to spot.
6 October 2014
Our quick guide to Scènes de ballet, Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan, Symphonic Variations and A Month in the Country.