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The Royal Ballet Dances Frederick Ashton broadcast in cinemas tonight (15 July)

Mixed programme stars Edward Watson, Marianela Nuñez, Federico Bonelli, Sergei Polunin and others.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

15 July 2013 at 3.41pm | 6 Comments

Ballet lovers will be treated to a diverse all-Ashton programme at cinemas tonight (15 July) with screenings of The Royal Ballet Dances Frederick Ashton taking place across the UK, Germany and Austria.

Ranging from La Valse, which depicts the ballroom elegance of 19th-century imperial Vienna, to Monotones I and II, one of Ashton’s most modernist creations, the programme reflects the brilliance and breadth of his choreography.

The programme also includes the duets Voices of Spring and Méditation from Thaïs. The latter features Former Principal Leanne Benjamin, who retired this Season after 21 years with the Company, gave her final performance at Covent Garden as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling on 15 June.

Watch Edward Watson, Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in rehearsal for Monotones I and II. In the recording made for cinema Principal Nehemiah Kish replaced Federico Bonelli due to injury

The programme closes with one of Ashton’s most passionate creations Marguerite and Armand, danced by Sergei Polunin and Former Royal Ballet Principal and Artistic Director of English National Ballet Tamara Rojo, marking Tamara's final Royal Ballet performance.

Watch Tamara discussing her farewell performance:

In addition to the screening tonight, The Royal Ballet Dances Frederick Ashton will also be broadcast in Spain early in August. To find out more, visit our cinema website.

To find out more about Frederick Ashton and his legacy, read our Guide to Sir Frederick Ashton.

Other forthcoming Royal Ballet and Royal Opera cinema screenings include La Fille mal gardée, Rigoletto,, and Macbeth. Find out more about the Summer Cinema Season 2013.

This article has 6 comments

  1. Fiona responded on 16 July 2013 at 12:34pm Reply

    I saw this at the cinema in Manchester last night and loved it. What a summer treat! Please keep them coming ROH for those of us who can't get down to London.

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 16 July 2013 at 1:37pm

      So glad you enjoyed it Fiona. Watch out for La fille mal gardée on Monday 5 August.

      Ellen

  2. Jen responded on 16 July 2013 at 5:03pm Reply

    Absolutely wonderful night out, unfortunately there were only three of us at the cinema but we all appreciated it. Will this be released on DVD?

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 16 July 2013 at 5:34pm

      The Royal Ballet Dances Frederick Ashton will be released on DVD. Follow us on Twitter or keep an eye on the News section for details.

      Best

      Ellen

  3. David responded on 16 July 2013 at 10:56pm Reply

    Watched this at the Odeon in Belfast, wonderful performances and am looking forward to 2013/14 season.

  4. Sheila Cross responded on 18 July 2013 at 12:11am Reply

    I watched this in Stockton with only a dozen other people. I had been at the previous performance of this cast so it was interesting to see how it transferred on screen. I was disappointed at the way La Valse was filmed, far inferior to the wonderful Royal Ballet film from decades ago where the ballet comes across more vibrantly (it was also better danced). But Margeurite and Armand came across powerfully (and in this case was better than the film with Fonteyn and Nureyev). What bothered me, though, was that viewers who were new to ballet would not have fully understood the context or purpose of the different ballets. A presenter introducing the ballets, like the Bolshoi transmissions, or text across the screen, would have helped. Similarly, while I really liked having a cast list and admired Kevin O'Hare's decision to contribute an introduction to it, the wording could have been more geared to the general public given that the transmissions are presumably partly focused on increasing accessibility. But overall it was a really good film and it was wonderful to have a record of Rojo and Polunin in their final, and passionate, performance.

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