When to see it
Part of a mixed Programme, These works are performed together
A celebration of three defining choreographers of The Royal Ballet: Frederick Ashton, Kenneth MacMillan and Wayne McGregor.
Rhapsody / The Art of Fugue / GloriaFriday 7 February 2014, 7.30pm | Main Stage
Rhapsody / The Art of Fugue / GloriaSaturday 8 February 2014, 1.30pm | Main Stage
Rhapsody / The Art of Fugue / GloriaSaturday 8 February 2014, 7.00pm | Main Stage
Rhapsody / The Art of Fugue / GloriaTuesday 11 February 2014, 7.30pm | Main Stage
Rhapsody / The Art of Fugue / GloriaThursday 13 February 2014, 7.30pm | Main Stage
Rhapsody /The Art of Fugue / GloriaSaturday 15 February 2014, 1.30pm | Main Stage
Rhapsody closely follows the movement of Rachmaninoff’s score – by turns playful, romantic, elegiac and elegant.
News and features
As a The Royal Ballet releases an all-Ashton programme on DVD, we publish an Insights event about the choreographer’s early career.
Rhapsody was created in 1980 and was one of Frederick Ashton’s final works – a virtuoso conclusion to his series of non-narrative ballets. It was created on acclaimed Russian dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, whose personality is at the heart of the work. The male Principal role is characterized by exceptionally fluent turns and lightness of movement. It is twinned with the strength and grace of the ballerina, a role created on the pure, clean style of Lesley Collier.
The ballet is set to Sergey Rachmaninoff’s well-known Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, which moves from stormy passages to calmer interludes. Rhapsody was presented at the Royal Opera House in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother on her 80th birthday.
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|Set Designer||Jessica Curtis|
|Costume Designer||Jessica Curtis|
|Lighting Designer||Neil Austin|
|Lighting||John B Read|