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Watch: BBC Arts’ Frederick Ashton tribute films

Exclusive online films celebrate the choreographer and his work, and include his signature ‘Fred Step’ in super slow motion.

By Hayley Bartley (Former Content Producer (Learning))

23 October 2014 at 3.15pm | 1 Comment

Frederick Ashton was one of the most influential dance figures of the 20th century and his works remain a key part of The Royal Ballet’s repertory today.

In celebration of its Founder Choreographer, the Company is currently performing a mixed programme including four of Ashton’s finest works: Scènes de ballet, Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan, Symphonic Variations and A Month in the Country. La Fille mal gardée, Ashton’s final full-length ballet, will also be performed later in the Season.

To coincide with the mixed programme, BBC Arts has taken a closer look at the choreographer and a career that came to define ballet’s ‘English style’.

A profile of Sir Frederick Ashton

Watch friends and fellow professionals, Kevin O’Hare, Christopher Carr, and Steven McRae, share insights on Ashton, including footage featuring the choreographer himself, both performing and creating:

The ‘Fred Step’ in super slow motion

Watch Royal Ballet Soloist Francesca Hayward perform Ashton’s signature ‘Fred Step’ in super slow motion:

Extracts from works featured in The Royal Ballet’s Ashton Mixed Programme

Watch archive films from Royal Opera House performances of Ashton’s Scènes de ballet, Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan, Symphonic Variations and A Month in the Country.

Deborah Bull on Frederick Ashton

Read the article by writer, broadcaster, and former Royal Ballet Principal, Deborah Bull, about Ashton’s life and works, and her first memory of the master choreographer.

 

La Fille mal gardée runs from 27 September–22 October 2016. Tickets are still available.

This article has 1 comment

  1. Ana Abad Carlés responded on 1 November 2014 at 10:33am Reply

    Good morning,

    I wanted to correct the usual mistake that has been repeatedly made in the last few years: Frederick Ashton was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, not Peru. He then moved and grew up in Lima until he was 14.

    Thank you,
    Ana

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