Frederick Ashton Foundation Launched
Foundation created to perpetuate the legacy and work of the choreographer.
The Frederick Ashton Foundation has been launched, with the principal aim of perpetuating the legacy and work of the distinguished choreographer.
The Foundation will have a close association with the existing Ashton ballet copyright holders (the Ashton Trust) and will, amongst its other activities, work with them to develop the skills of those who will be registered to teach, coach and stage Ashton’s ballets in the future, thus ensuring the survival of the Ashton Legacy for future generations.
We are hugely indebted to the generosity of Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson, without whose support we would not have had the means to establish the Foundation. As committed supporters of The Royal Ballet and great lovers of the works of Frederick Ashton, they realise how important it is to ensure Ashton’s legacy is maintained, and we are very grateful to them. I am delighted too that they, together with ROH chief executive Tony Hall and vice-president of The Royal Ballet Lady Sarah Chatto, have agreed to become Founding Patrons of the Foundation.
- Tony Dyson, Chairman of the Foundation
The establishment of the Foundation follows the hugely successful exhibition looking at the work of the choreographer’s work, which ran over the Summer in his hometown of Ipswich, Suffolk.
The establishment of The Frederick Ashton Foundation has been made possible by a generous donation from The Tomlinson Family Trust.
I am delighted that it has been possible to set up the Foundation. It is of paramount importance that, as Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet, Ashton’s choreographic legacy can be safeguarded for future generations and the rights holders of his works can be supported by the Foundation’s activities.
- Dame Monica Mason DBE, Director of The Royal Ballet
Initial projects with which the Foundation is associated include:
- 1 November 2011 – Insight Evening at the ROH: a Degas at the Royal Academy event in conjunction with the RA, Royal Ballet ballet mistress Ursula Hageli will participate, and the evening will include a section of Ashton’s Foyer de danse (1932) reconstructed by Christopher Newton and Hageli
- 10 November 2011 – The Royal Ballet In Rehearsal (Enigma Variations, Clore Studio)
- March 2012 – Birmingham Royal Ballet and The Two Pigeons: rehearsal to be filmed (Birmingham Hippodrome)
- 11 April 2012 – The Royal Ballet In Rehearsal (La Fille mal gardee, venue TBA).
Additionally, Opus Arte will release a DVD of Ashton’s work in November 2011 (Scenes de ballet, Divertissements, Les Patineurs).