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Introduction

Three couples perform a series of pas de deux, their movements complemented by a large corps de ballet.

Background

Liam Scarlett created Asphodel Meadows for The Royal Ballet in 2010. The ballet takes its name from part of the ancient Greek underworld and presents three duets that closely follow the textures of Francis Poulenc’s Concerto in D minor for two pianos and orchestra.

The vigorous dialogue between the two pianos is mirrored in the compelling pas de deux performed by the three principal couples. Opening with the quicksilver changes in mood of the first movement, the ballet progresses to the dreamy languor of the second movement and the hypnotic urgency of the third. John F. Macfarlane’s monochrome designs provide an elegant backdrop for Scarlett’s contemporary interpretation of classical style.

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