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
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.