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Pointes of View: Which rarely-staged ballets would you like to see return to the repertory?

Following the first performance of The Two Pigeons at the Royal Opera House for 30 years, which forgotten classics would you love to see again?

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

24 November 2015 at 2.45pm | 86 Comments

Last week, Frederick Ashton's ballet The Two Pigeons was performed at the Royal Opera House for the first time in 30 years. The ballet has not been seen at Covent Garden since 1985 and its hotly-anticipated return went down a storm with both the press and public.

According to Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O'Hare, more people have pressed for a revival of The Two Pigeons than any other ballet. Of course, there are many reasons why a ballet may disappear from the repertory, including changing trends and audience tastes, but the return of The Two Pigeons and the strong response to it shows that there's still an appetite and appreciation for high-quality heritage works.

Inspired by this revival, we asked our Twitter following which rare ballets they'd like to see return to the stages of the world's leading ballet companies. Here is a selection of their choices:

Which rarely staged ballets would you like to see return to the repertory?
Let us know via the comments below.

The Two Pigeons is part of two mixed programmes during 2015/16: with Monotones I and II until 5 December 2015; and with Rhapsody 16–30 January 2016.

The ballet will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 26 January 2016. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our newsletter.

The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from the Fonteyn Circle.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

24 November 2015 at 2.45pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Frederick Ashton, debate, discussion, Monotones I and II / The Two Pigeons, Production, rare, Rhapsody / The Two Pigeons, Social Media, The Two Pigeons, twitter

This article has 86 comments

  1. Philip Collins responded on 24 November 2015 at 3:09pm Reply

    My suggestion of Gershwin's Who Cares? -choreography by Balanchine is not mentioned above. It's brimming with feel good factor and would send an audience home smiling.

  2. Chandra responded on 24 November 2015 at 3:43pm Reply

    Ondine! Update sets and costumes and revive, please!

  3. Nina Battleday responded on 24 November 2015 at 4:08pm Reply

    Online, Cinderella, possibly Wedding Bouquet - soft spot for the latter as it was the first ballet I saw at the ROH, with Fonteyn, Somes and two female ugly sisters, Daphnis and Chloe. Macmillan Anastasia, House of Birds, Triad, Images of Love, plus by Tudor Shadowplay, Lilac Garden, Four Schumann Pieces, I think by van Manen. And although they're been put on recently Onegin, Mayerling, Dances at a gathering, La Sulphide. That'll do for next season!

  4. Nina Battleday responded on 24 November 2015 at 4:10pm Reply

    Cinderella of course with the ugly sisters, although their appearance in Wedding Bouquet could be interesting!

  5. Prodigal Son (Balanchine); Pierre Lunaire (Tetley) and Anastasia (MacMillan), please. Also, why not mount the whole of Raymonda rather than just Act III?

  6. Georgina Yacobi responded on 24 November 2015 at 8:43pm Reply

    I'd love to see Enigma Variations again - although I am not sure that the original cast could ever be bettered.

  7. Alyssa responded on 24 November 2015 at 9:41pm Reply

    Hmm... okay, here's what I'd like to see:

    Prince of the Pagodas, Cinderella, Coppelia, Ondine, Winter Dreams, Les Saisons, The Seven Deadly Sins, Sphinx, Sylvia, Las Hermanas, Homage to the Queen, Les Patineurs, Polyphonia, Napoli divertissements, The Lady and the Fool, The Leaves are Fading pas de deux, The Lesson, Les Lutins, The Firebird, etc.

    Maybe old works by Jerome Robbins or Kenneth MacMillan to form a few bills? And staging a full Raymonda, I believe, would look great on the company, despite its weak plot.

  8. Valerie Knight responded on 24 November 2015 at 9:53pm Reply

    Coppelia; Onegin - I know it's been done fairly recently but never enough for me. I love it! Also, The Concert was revived recently and I'd love to see it again. Birmingham RB performed Pineapple Poll in Poole a few years ago - great fun.

  9. Kevin responded on 24 November 2015 at 10:14pm Reply

    I was also thinking of Balanchine's Prodigal Son. Strong memories of Maina Geilgud (charisma and presence) as Siren with the Sadlers' Wells Royal Ballet. Also Scherazade with the then London Festival Ballet. Parade had such an amazing team of creators that even though it was rubbish, somebody, somewhere should be doing it. LFB used to do lots of those Diaghilev ballets that now seem to have disappeared from the repertoire. I suppose the original choreography for Daphne and Chloe would not work for a modern audience (please disagree) but such a wonderful score can't be left forgotten. Nobody seems to be interested in Bejart anymore. Did none of his works stand up to the test of time? His season at the Coliseum was exciting at the time. Tetley never worked for me - but Von Manen seems to be ignored in England now. SWRB used to have his works in the repertoire - still much admired in the Netherlands. ENB's recent production of the existential ballet Le Jeune Homme et La Mort was marred by the dated designs (the wig, the gloves). The Zizi Jeanmarie & Nureyev production looks much more modern. Bourne's Spitfire is so English it has to be in any national collection. (An excuse to get Cooper back on the main stage? Please disagree).

    Take some of the less prominent members of the company (lots of names that would not be helped by mentioning here) and say - "Here's a chance. What do you think? Go for it. Run riot. Have fun." I would happily buy a ticket for an interesting soloist - not just for a principal - but RB supposes we are not interested. I only saw the Romeo & Juliet with a junior cast by accident but you didn't know how it was going to look. All of the cast rose to the occasion. Some individual performances were subtle. You had to pay attention to realise how good they were. Sometimes the RB grinds people down and uses people up. Suddenly the RB looked like it was taking a risk. It was exciting.

  10. Jill Osborn responded on 24 November 2015 at 10:42pm Reply

    I would love to see Checkmate revived- and toured!

  11. Raymonda, Les Patineurs, In the Middle Somewhat Elevated. Would love to see more Ashton and Balanchine (and less McGregor - sorry!).

  12. Bridie Macmahon responded on 24 November 2015 at 11:43pm Reply

    General: more Ashton, more Balanchine, more classical. Specific: Capriol Suite, Les Rendezvous, Les Patineurs, Tombeaux, Galanteries, Sons of Horus, Consort Lessons, Concerto, Danses concertantes, Solitaire, Dances at a Gathering, Liebeslieder Walzer, Concerto Barocco, Ballet Imperial, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Four Schumann Pieces (esp for Muntagirov), Dances of Albion, Pierrot Lunaire.

  13. Nick Byrne responded on 24 November 2015 at 11:58pm Reply

    Macmillan: Concerto; My Brother My Sisters; Diversions; Anastasia (Act 3); Requiem

    Ashton: Les Illuminations; Jazz Calendar; Sylvia (Symphonic and Scènes on a repeat loop!)

    Van Manen: Four Schumman Pieces; Adagio Hammerklavier

    Tetley: Voluntaries; Pierrot; Albion

    Cranko: Brouillards but also some of the modern pieces revived by Stuttgart

  14. Patricia Casselden responded on 25 November 2015 at 9:59am Reply

    Triad, Four Schumann Pieces, Shadowplay, Dances of Albion (albeit Symphonia da Requiem was used in Aeternum!), La Boutique Fantasise, Brandenbergs 2 & 4, Antigone, Taming of the Shrew, Mamselle Angot, La Fin du Jour, MacMillan's The Four Seasons, Orpheus - & that's just for starters, I could go on & on!

  15. Connor McBride responded on 25 November 2015 at 12:20pm Reply

    Ashley Page's Olivier and Time Out award winning 'Fearful Symmetries'.

  16. Vicky Hurst responded on 25 November 2015 at 1:13pm Reply

    Anastasia, Four Schumann Pieces, Jazz Calendar, Ondine, Daphnis & Chloe, Cinderella, Coppelia, Dances at a Gathering, Taming of the Shrew, MacMillan's Four Seasons, Ballet Imperial, Sylvia. Requiem, La Sylphide, Les Sylphides, Price of the Pagodas. More Balanchine would be nice too, Who Cares, Violin Concerto, Concerto Barocco.

  17. Hendrik Woolf responded on 25 November 2015 at 1:22pm Reply

    I have very happy memories of seeing Daphnis and Chloe, Brandenburgs, Card Game, Poem of Ecstasy, The Invitation, Who Cares?, Elektra, Symphonic Variations, Carmina Burana, House of Birds, Notre Dame de Paris and The Witch Boy, I would love to see revivals of these ballets.

  18. Paul Smith responded on 25 November 2015 at 1:43pm Reply

    Christopher Wheeldon's Electric Counterpoint

  19. sandie responded on 25 November 2015 at 1:47pm Reply

    My wish list would have to include
    Ashton's Cinderella, Cranko's Pineapple Poll, Flindt's The Lesson, Macmillan's Prince of the Pagodas, Tetley's Voluntaries & Balanchine's Symphonia Concertante.
    Although featured fairly regularly, please include Mayerling and Onegin as they are both all-time favourites!

  20. Elia responded on 25 November 2015 at 2:20pm Reply

    Ashton's Sylvia, Coppelia and Onegin again.
    I'd like to see Lady of the Camellias by Neumeier in the Royal Ballet repertoire.

  21. Rudolf Nureyev's 1963 production of the Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadere (called La Bayadere Act IV) with the original Philip Prowse costumes and 32 Shades.
    Frederick Ashton's Persephone and A Wedding Bouquet.
    Leonide Massine's La Boutique Fantasque.
    Kenneth MacMillan's House of Birds.
    Although you have never done it, I think The Green Table by Kurt Jooss might be a good addition to the rep - it always seems relevant.

  22. More Ashton-in particular his Romeo and Juliet, Les Rendezvous, Wedding Bouquet; one act Macmillan e.g. Four Seasons; more Balanchine- these and less McGregor.

  23. Ben Lovegrove responded on 25 November 2015 at 5:13pm Reply

    I have always wanted to see Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann. Not strictly a ballet but an entertaining mixture of ballet and opera.

  24. Steve Revill responded on 25 November 2015 at 6:18pm Reply

    A slightly different slant to the question, but I was listening live to Dvorak Symphony No 8 last Friday. It had not occurred to be previously, but I was taken by how much this piece lends itself to being choreographed. It is, in essence, such a piece of dance music, that I believe that it could well have been written with that intent. I can just imagine what one of your artistic directors and choreographers could do with that. I have to say that the work being done today with new dance works and the freshening of established ones shows amazing inspiration.

  25. Paula Fitzgerald responded on 25 November 2015 at 10:28pm Reply

    I would love to see: Suite en Blanc (Lalo-Lifar), Rudolf Nureyev's Nutcracker, The Kingdom of the Shades (from Bayadere), Carmen Suite (Bizet-Schedrin-Alonso), Etudes (Lander). Thank you.

  26. Annabella responded on 25 November 2015 at 10:29pm Reply

    I think that the Royal Ballet has the potential to do Balanchine's Serenade and his black and white ballets. Also it would be wonderful to watch The Love Legend, Petroushka and works by Jerome Robbins.

    • ML responded on 28 November 2015 at 7:50pm

      The Royal Ballet performed Serenade this year as well as The Four Temperaments. :-) Previously, they have performed Agon and Stravinsky Violin Concerto to great acclaim, although admittedly that was several years ago.

  27. Katie Barnes responded on 25 November 2015 at 10:40pm Reply

    First and foremost, lots of neglected Ashton: Enigma Variations, A Wedding Bouquet, Les Rendezvous (Chappell designs, please, not the hideous redesign of a few years ago which all but killed the ballet), Les Patineurs, Jazz Calendar, Facade, Persephone, The Walk to the Paradise Garden, Varii Capricii, Ondine, Thais.

    Lots of neglected (especially early) Macmillan: Solitaire, The Burrow, Danses Concertantes, the three-act Anastasia, Elite Syncopations, Gloria, Concerto, Different Drummer, Las Hermanas, Side Show, The Four Seasons, Triad, My Brother My Sisters, Verdi Variations, Orpheus, Mayerling, Winter Dreams.

    And let's not forget Madam: The Rake's Progress, Checkmate, The Prospect Before Us.

    We don't get nearly enough of the Ballets Russes classics: Petrushka, L'Apres-Midi d'un Faune, Les Sylphides, Les Biches, Les Noces, La Boutique Fantasque, Mam'zelle Angot, The Good-Humoured Ladies.

    The unfairly neglected John Cranko: Pineapple Poll, The Taming of the Shrew, Antigone.

    The wondrous Anthony Tudor: Lilac Garden, The Leaves are Fading, Shadowplay, Pillar of Fire.

    Not to mention The Concert, The Prodigal Son, Fall River Legend, Fearful Symmetries, La Sylphide...

    And I'm sure there are still some I've missed...

  28. francois responded on 25 November 2015 at 10:48pm Reply

    Raymonda should definitely be part of Royal Ballet's repertoire

  29. Daniel S. responded on 26 November 2015 at 1:36am Reply

    I would love to see more MacMillan representation : La Fin du Jour, Anastasia, ,Prince of the Pagodas, Winter Dreams, The Burrow, The Four Seasons, Le Baiser de la Fee. Orpheus. Also Valley of Shadows, Different Drummer and My Brother My Sisters are long overdue for revivals. Priggish critics and audiences be damned!
    Ashton's Ondine, Cinderella, Persephone and Daphnis and Chloe. Michael Corder's L'Invitation au Voyage and Masquerade. Robbins' Dances at a Gathering.

  30. Jennifer Jameson Jones responded on 26 November 2015 at 11:31am Reply

    Hans Van Manen's 'Four Schumann' pieces with Vadim M or Matthew B as lead figure - would like to hear orchestra play the music as well. Jean-Christophe Maillot's 'Taming of the Shrew'. Cranko's 'Pineapple Poll' and Balanchine's 'Who Cares?' All and every ballet choreographed by Jerome Robbins any time.

  31. Jennifer Jameson Jones responded on 26 November 2015 at 12:04pm Reply

    Sorry - read string quartet for orchestra in last message - I just like the Schumann music because is a bit different from what is usually used.

  32. Vicky Hurst responded on 26 November 2015 at 1:25pm Reply

    Just thought of another one - Rudolf Nureyev's production of The Nutcracker, still the best Nutcracker around!

  33. Kevin responded on 26 November 2015 at 10:02pm Reply

    "And let's not forget Madam: The Rake's Progress, Checkmate, The Prospect Before Us...." Actually, sorry but can we forget them please? They were off their time. Their time has passed.

  34. Kevin responded on 26 November 2015 at 10:04pm Reply

    "And let's not forget Madam: The Rake's Progress, Checkmate, The Prospect Before Us...." Actually, sorry but can we forget them please? They were of their time. Their time has passed.

  35. Alison Brown responded on 27 November 2015 at 1:59am Reply

    I've been reading all the posts. Yes, definitely Coppelia instead of a Swan Lake one season. Such a happy ballet. Facade and the lovely Four Schumann Pieces. I adore Dances at a Gathering but in the last revival I felt so nostalgic for the original RB cast. I would love to see it with lots of the young dancers. Daphnis and Chloe for the music.

  36. Charlie responded on 27 November 2015 at 10:14am Reply

    Lots of MacMillan would be great, especially Prince of the Pagodas (maybe even DB could be involved in helping staging the revival??!). Also, as a couple of posts have mentioned Wayne McGregor, I'd love to see Chroma and Infra back, and I guess we'll also have another chance to see Woolf Works (please, please). How about a mixed programme charting the resident choreographers from Ashton to the present day?

  37. Brian Jenkins responded on 27 November 2015 at 11:54am Reply

    Ashton: A Wedding Bouquet, Les Rendezvous, Ondine (I doubt that Persephone is possible, but ...)

    Balanchine: Violin Concerto, Agon, Liebeslieder Walzes

    Macmillan: Anastasia (without the recent changes), Diversions, Symphony, The Four Seasons

    Massine: La Boutique Fantasque, Mam'zelle Angot

    Nijinska: Les Biches, Les Noces

    Robbins: Dances at a Gathering

    Page: Fearful Symetries

    Forsythe: In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated

    Thank you!

  38. Stephen responded on 27 November 2015 at 12:04pm Reply

    Katie Barnes hits the nail on the head. The neglect of the Diaghilev repertory is shameful. Sir Fred always kept Les Noces firmly in the rep and insisted it was one of the crowns of the Royal Ballet's output. Please revive Les Biches, The Firebird, Petrushka etc. And on a regular basis.

    The neglect of Ashton's work is also shameful. Enigma, Jazz Calendar

    More importantly can we not have long runs of the same programme which I know are only there for financial reasons but which are so boring if, for example, one does not happen to be interested in The Winter's Tale or Frankenstein. Whole months go by with not a ballet one wants to see.

  39. Joanne Simmons responded on 27 November 2015 at 2:46pm Reply

    Would love to see 'Les Sylphides' - never forgot Fonteyn and Nureyev in the Royal Ballet film in the 60s - also 'Horoscope' and Macmillan's 'Anastasia' - what happened to that ballet? What about a revival of the founder of the Royal Ballet's 'Checkmate'? Would be difficult to match Beryl Grey as the Black Queen though...

  40. Rebecca Bleaden responded on 27 November 2015 at 4:10pm Reply

    Sylvia? Cinderella?
    Full-length Ashton works would be a real treat !

  41. NICHOLAS BRADSHAW responded on 27 November 2015 at 4:29pm Reply

    Many people here have mentioned Ashton's Enigma Variations and Facade. I should point out that the Royal Ballet sister company Birmingham Royal Ballet, has performed excellent versions of both within the last year.The prospect before us and Pineapple poll are also in their repertoire

  42. Louise responded on 27 November 2015 at 5:32pm Reply

    More Ashton please (and Macmillan, Robbins, Tudor & Balanchine and more classical but less modern stuff..)

    Wedding Bouquet, Coppelia, Checkmate, Sylvia, Jazz Calendar, Dances At A Gathering, Les Patineurs, Ballet Imperial to name a few.

  43. David C. Green responded on 27 November 2015 at 5:33pm Reply

    Prokofiev's The Stone Flower would be well received at ROH. And what about an updated choreographing of Bartok's The Wooden Prince?...Have these ever been staged at ROH? I for one would love to see either or preferably both these ballets.

  44. Flora responded on 28 November 2015 at 2:43am Reply

    I agree with Mr Green. My late mother visited Russia in 1959 and saw the Bolshoi perform Prokofiev's 'The Stone Flower'. She often wondered why it wasn't performed in the West - she thought it was wonderful.

  45. meunier responded on 28 November 2015 at 9:45am Reply

    I would opt for Balanchine's Lieberslieder Waltzer and Jose Limon's The Moor's Pavane. Would be lovely to see Robbins' In G Major and/or 2 and 3 Part Inventions as I think they would suit the current RB company well.

    As to new stuff ... When will we get to see some Jason Peck? PLEASE!!! In many world quarters he is being held as the FUTURE light in terms of the movement of balletic mass. London is losing out in this regard ... as it has with the major Ratmansky works (e.g., DSCH Concerto, Symphony No. 1, etc.) ... and NYCB has already had - from the RB Canon, - one McGregor, three Scarlett and, of course, copious Wheeldon.

  46. Bridie Macmahon responded on 28 November 2015 at 10:10am Reply

    As a further general point: please give your audience some credit for being interested in (and knowledgeable about) ballet as an art form, including its history. New works are essential, but they don't come from nowhere; we need to see the rich history of this art too, and only in that context can new works be fully appreciated (and can younger choreographers, and younger audiences, learn).

  47. Gail Wilson responded on 29 November 2015 at 10:03am Reply

    Kurt Joos The Green Table, please please please!

  48. Marc Gibe responded on 29 November 2015 at 4:31pm Reply

    Prince of the Pagodas
    Sylvia
    Ondine
    Coppelia
    (more of roles for Nunez please)

    Maybe you also add these Russian classics:
    Raymonda
    The Stone Flower

  49. Michael Sharpe responded on 29 November 2015 at 6:20pm Reply

    Dances at a Gathering (maybe in a double bill with Daphnis & Chloe),Symphony (original Sonnabend designs please),Bugaku,Lieberslieder Waltzer,Jazz Calendar,Brandenburg 2&4,Ballet Imperial,Baiser de la Fee (original Kennetrh Rowell designs please),Anastasia (to mark the centenary of the Romanff's downfall),House of Birds,The Leaves are Fading,and one Balanchine which has never been danced by the RB but ought to suit it admirably;Brahms/Schoenberg Quartet.

  50. Susannah Harris-Wilson responded on 29 November 2015 at 8:45pm Reply

    Certainly Month in The Country; but older ones including: Pineapple Poll, Les Biches, Les Noches, Concerto and Facade. And the fun of Scot Joplin's Elite Syncopations. Royal Ballet shines in inserting hilarity/humour into its choreography. A unique gift not so evident in more modern offerings or other companies. Most of all I agree with the comment about needing to include works from the Diaghilev repertory on a regular basis. Would also love to see both versions of Afternoon of a Faun side by side. And, always, Petrushka!

  51. Susannah Harris-Wilson responded on 29 November 2015 at 8:47pm Reply

    And, separately because so special: The Prodigal Son.

  52. Kevin responded on 30 November 2015 at 3:35pm Reply

    May I ask? Sir Peter Wright's staging of the classics have been very successful. Has anyone seen any of his own original choreography?

  53. Patrick John Gordon Shaw responded on 30 November 2015 at 3:41pm Reply

    Jazz Calendar
    House of Birds
    Danses Concertantes

  54. Stephen Taylor responded on 1 December 2015 at 6:50am Reply

    Above all, restore Ashton's Daphnis et Chloe to the repertory (with or without the original Ucello-derived designs). And revive his Sylvia and Ondine (though not his Cinderella, badly designed in the current staging, too end-of-pier panto broad in conception, and with a damagingly large chunk of Act III always missing).

    I've seen the La Scala staging of the complete Raymonda, and it turns out to be a surprisingly strong piece, with a really good score. And though the score for Le corsaire is patchwork drivel and the story beyond stupid, Rtamansky Bolshoi reconstruction made a case for the work (and a far stronger one than the overpraised and shredded recent ENB version).

    And just for the sheer novelty, how about one of Shostakovich's narrative ballets, like The Limpid Stream or The Bolt?

  55. Stephen Taylor responded on 1 December 2015 at 6:57am Reply

    Oh, and Anastasia, without fail. But in the original version, with Barry Kay's designs, not the hopeless re-jig of a decade or so ago

  56. Anne Davenport responded on 2 December 2015 at 9:54am Reply

    Agree strongly about Anastasia, Pineapple Poll, The Concert, Elite Syncopations, Wedding Bouquet [never seen it], Checkmate - all except The Concert out of repertoire for ages. Also what about Taming of the Shrew (?Cranko) which I saw in the 70s. Can we have something different from Nutcracker for the Christmas show please? Sleeping beauty would do but Coppelia would be fun! Anything else suggested above would be fine. 2 ballets only in one booking period are not enough, especially when both are modern full length ballets (much though I enjoy Winter's Tale.I do agree with those such as Bridie Macmahon above who comment on the need for the history of ballet to be represented.

  57. Sheila Cross responded on 2 December 2015 at 11:28am Reply

    In random order:
    Dances at a Gathering, Other Dances, The Concert, Symphony in 3 movements, Four Temperaments, Serenade, Ballet Imperial, Davidsbundlertanze (but don't think RB has done it), Concerto Barrocco, Symphony in C, Choreartium (RB's not done it, but Bintley refuses to do it again at BRB altho' it's Massine's masterpiece), Lilac Garden, Dark Elegies, Les Rendezvous, Wedding Bouquet, Apparitions, Scenes de ballet, Checkmate, Consort lessons, Tombeaux, Four Schumann Pieces, Les Biches, Les Noces, final act of Anastasia, Gloria, Winter Dreams,Solitaire (but with the original designs), Antigone, The Lady and the Fool, Les Sylphides, Firebird, La Fete Etrange, Helpmann's Hamlet

  58. Margaret Lauder responded on 2 December 2015 at 4:41pm Reply

    Fearful Symmetries and maybe Ashley Page's chamber ballets eg Sleeping with Audrey; Balanchine's Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Symphony in 3 Movements (Birmingham used to perform), Rubies (not as part of Jewels), Prodigal son; Birthday Offering (missed it in 2012 as recovering from broken arm); Tombeaux, Consort Lessons, Galanteries; Valley of the Shadows (never seen), Different Drummer, Anastasia Act 3, The Burrow (Birmingham used to perform); more Jerome Robbins also please - the company has only had 3-4 works of his in their rep for the past 30 years

  59. greypointe responded on 3 December 2015 at 10:02pm Reply

    Long time no see; Anastasia, Prodigal Son, perhaps acquire performance rights to The Green Table.

  60. Martha responded on 4 December 2015 at 3:08pm Reply

    Les Biches, Cinderella, Sylvia, Elite Syncopations, Winter Dreams, The Lesson!

  61. clive bebee responded on 4 December 2015 at 4:38pm Reply

    Love the magician
    the spectre of the rose
    and something new but classically based
    fed up with Macgregor too

  62. Geoff responded on 5 December 2015 at 7:17pm Reply

    May I add my vote to all the many voices calling for neglected Ashton works to return? As for Macmillan, let's have Elite Syncopations back.

  63. Charlie Wise responded on 6 December 2015 at 1:46am Reply

    Tombeaux
    The Four Seasons (Macmillan)
    In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated
    Qualia

  64. A S. responded on 7 December 2015 at 12:34am Reply

    Firstly thank you to the Royal Ballet and Kevin O'Hare for reviving Ashton's Two Pigeons, a ballet which I'd never seen before and what a charmer it is! I hope its not too long before we see Two Pigeons and the wondrous Monotones again.
    If I could only choose three more pieces they would be A Wedding Bouquet, Jazz Calendar and IIuminations. If I could add to the wish list I would choose Birthday Offering, Facade, Daphnis and Chloe, Les Patineurs, Les Rendezvous (with old designs) Pas de Legumes, Dante Sonata, La Chatte, Enigma Variations, Ondine and a few I've never seen before: Varii Capricci, Paradise Garden, Persephone, Sinfonietta and Apparitions.
    I am curious to see MacMillan's Valley of Shadows, The House of Birds and The Four Seasons for the first time and also Balanchine's Stravinsky Violin Concerto.
    I hope Les Biches and Les Noces come back soon. Le Train Bleu maybe? I would love to see Les Sylphides and Petrushka again, also anything from Massine, Robbins and Tudor. Bintley's Tombeaux, Cranko's Pineapple Poll and De Valois' Checkmate and Rake's Progress.
    I agree with the suggestion made by other posters of The Green Table. I'd be interested to see a full-length Napoli one day too.
    I've been a bit greedy so I'll leave it there for now...

  65. Michael Sharpe responded on 7 December 2015 at 8:27am Reply

    2016,being the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death,might be an appropriate time to revive MacMillan's "Images of Love" which was created (as was The Dream) for the 400th anniversary of the bard's birth. Also an appropriate time to revive "Anastasia" as we reach the centenary of the Russian revolution and the slaughter of the Romanoff family in Ekaterinburg.

  66. A S. responded on 7 December 2015 at 12:03pm Reply

    Lament of the Waves

  67. Carol sands responded on 7 December 2015 at 11:38pm Reply

    Anastasia. Facade. Patiners. Wedding bouquet. Planets. Les sylphides. These would all be lovely to see again. Lots of people seem to feel the same. Here's hoping.

  68. Sheila Cross responded on 8 December 2015 at 9:19am Reply

    Having just seen 3 performances of the Ashton bill, well danced but not in the true Ashton style, can I add to my earlier list: La Valse (to get the corps to learn to swoop) and Birthday Offering (to educate principals and senior soloists in the Ashton style, only Choe showed glimpses of the proper flow)

  69. John Saxon Jones responded on 8 December 2015 at 1:38pm Reply

    Winter Dreams maybe…and Checkmate..
    Lovely mistype above - The PRICE of The Pagoda's - well it was a lavish production...

  70. Joan Stanton responded on 10 December 2015 at 8:50pm Reply

    As an octogenarian, I'd love to see these again before I'm too decrepit to get to the Opera House! Enigma Variations, Dances at a Gathering, Elite Syncopations and Pineapple Poll. Fingers firmly crossed .....

  71. nick byrne responded on 11 December 2015 at 4:56pm Reply

    This was a really good idea to get us to list - I think it shows the diversity and variety of choice in today's audience. There are clear patterns and a healthy feel for a good mix of the past and present. Both make up the future. I'd like themes tried out - I quite like the starters/main course/dessert "feel" to many of the triple bills, but links through music, theme and design could be used far more often.

  72. Clive Thomas responded on 30 December 2015 at 9:45pm Reply

    It's nice to know that you're not alone. A full-length Cranko, The Taming of the Shrew, is my first choice - sheer delight and one of the late, great David Wall's finest roles. English National said a while ago that a revival was unlikely, implying that the PC climate of opinion would not accept it today. What rot! We might as well dismiss the whole of Shakespeare's oeuvre. I'm pleased, too, that The Prince of the Pagodas has strong support - Macmillan and the divine Darcy.

  73. Dinah Akan responded on 9 January 2016 at 7:01pm Reply

    I would love to see Elite Syncopations again. Also Pineapple Poll, which I last saw in the fifties, Petruschka and The Rake's Progress.

  74. Pam Lamb responded on 16 January 2016 at 9:09pm Reply

    Peer Gynt please! I saw Festival Ballet perform this with John Gilpin in the 60's!
    Wonderful music, story and choreography.

  75. Enobarbus responded on 27 January 2016 at 2:54pm Reply

    Les Noces, Petrushka, Apollo... And lots more Ashton please!

  76. Janet Parcell responded on 28 January 2016 at 12:53am Reply

    Still Life at the Penguin Cafe, Les Patineurs, In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, The Prodigal Son, Checkmate and Cinderella please.

  77. Veronica Sharpe responded on 30 January 2016 at 10:59am Reply

    Enigma Variations, Month in the Country. Please

  78. M.T. responded on 7 February 2016 at 3:23pm Reply

    The Royal Ballet has an extensive repertory but shows far too little of the twentieth century works which the first two directors acquired for it. Only a few ballets from the Diaghilev repertory are staged that often. So what about staging works which de Valois and Ashton clearly regarded as being of lasting significance. Twentieth century classics rather than "heritage works". Here are some suggestions. As well as Fokine's Firebird which is due for a revival isn't it time you revived Petrushka last seen in 1995? I recall it as having far more vigour than more recent London revivals and all the roles including the stable boys being danced as characters rather than as a series of divertissements. Then there are the Polovtsian Dances. Carnaval and Les Sylphides. I think the company owes a duty to the audience and your dancers to mount a decent revival of Les Sylphides which explains its significance.

    Then there are Nijinska's masterpieces which Ashton rescued from oblivion Les Noces and Les Biches. Les Biches was last revived in 2006. At one time they were revived with sufficient frequency to maintain their style in the company's collective memory. Their neglect is inexcusable.

    Then we come to Balanchine's Diaghilev ballets the Prodigal Son last seen over ten years ago and Apollo which gets the occasional revival. Finally a choreographer who has become a none person Leonid Massine. None of his ballets have been staged at Covent Garden since 1980. What about giving us the chance to see La Boutique Fanatasque, LeTricorne, Mam'zelle Angot and Choreatium ?

  79. M.T. responded on 7 February 2016 at 7:27pm Reply

    I do not pretend to understand the neglect of so many of Ashton's ballets. It is true that a few of them such as a Month in the Country and the Dream are revived fairly frequently, as is, Fille but none of his full length works enjoy the sort of regular revivals that MacMillan's successful three act works do. In fact you could be forgiven for thinking that the comparative neglect of so many of Ashton's ballets in the past was deliberate rather than the result of inadvertence. I can't help thinking that if it had not been for the Ashton centenary and the celebration of the company's seventy fifth anniversary there would have been far fewer revivals of his works this century than have actually taken place.

    Here is a list of Ashton ballets with the date of their last revival by the Royal Ballet where known, which I should like to see revived.

    Jazz Calendar (1979); Capriol Suite and Valses Nobles at Sentimentales ( Both SWRB 1980's) The Walk to the Paradise Garden (1982);Façade (1994);Les Illuminations (1996); Daphnis and Chloe ( 2004) in the Craxton designs: A Wedding Bouquet (2004);Les Rendezvous (2005) in the Chappell designs and La Valse (2010) which seems to have lost some of its detail and is still danced tentatively.. Then there are Ondine (2009); Sylvia (2010) and Cinderella (2011), Is there some reason why these three full length ballets are not timetabled for regular revival in a similar manner to the MacMillan successful three act works?
    I assume that asking for these Ashton works to be revived will not lead to the neglect of Fille, Pigeons, Symphonic Variations, Scenes de Ballet; Les Patineurs and Monotones, the Dream and a Month in the Country. I should love to see Birthday Offering danced correctly at the right speed. In addition I would love to see a revival of Les Apparitions which must have been notated when ENB revived it in the 1980's. The revival was not a success but the Ashton biography suggests that this may have had little to do with the quality of the piece itself.Then there are two ballets that need work done on them Persephone and Foyer de Dance.. I believe that both ballets were filmed and that Iain Webb has a film of Foyer. Then there is Ashton's Romeo and Juliet which has no home. It would make a wonderful addition to the company's repertory. The major Russian companies seem to be able to operate with more than one production of some ballets. Finally there is the choreography which Ashton created for Swan Lake which include the a pas de six and a pas de douze for the

  80. M.T. responded on 7 February 2016 at 10:43pm Reply

    Given the number of performances that MacMillan's works receive it is surprising how little we see of MacMillan the classical choreographer. It would be good to see works like Solitaire, the Four Seasons and Concerto again.

    Cranko made many works for the Royal Ballet and his own company perhaps we could see some of his one act works such as Card Game, Brandenburg Concerto 2 and 4 and Les Brouillards ?

    Then there is Antony Tudor one of the great choreographer of the last century whose work is little performed. today. It would be wonderful to see effective revivals of Lilac Garden and Dark Elegies.
    I am in two minds about suggesting that Shadowplay should be revived I would much prefer the company to stage Echo of Trumpets and Gala Performance. There are other ballets by Tudor that I would like to see including his Judgment of Paris and his Romeo and Juliet.

    Then there is the nineteenth century repertory. Is it not time that Coppelia was revived ? As far as Bournonville is concerned I assume that the company no longer have access to the Kobborg production of La Sylphide. La Sylphide is an important work which should be in the company's repertory as should Konservatoriet which the company danced in the 1980's,
    Finally there is Nureyev's staging of the Kingdom of the Shades with a full complement of thirty two Shade which brings a grandeur to this Act which the full length staging lacks.

  81. John Pirie responded on 30 August 2016 at 10:06pm Reply

    Coppelia, Petrouchka, Cinderella, Appalachian Spring, Homage to the Queen, the list is endless.

  82. FLOSS responded on 16 December 2016 at 2:08pm Reply

    If, as seems likely, you are not going to revive Ashton's Daphnis and Chloe in the near future,could you at least ensure that the 2004 recording of the ballet is made available by including it on the next Ashton DVD ?

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