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.