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Watch: Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov perform an extract from Symphonic Variations

The Royal Ballet Principals perform an extract of Frederick Ashton's ballet in this unreleased clip.

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

29 July 2015 at 3.28pm | 10 Comments

With The Royal Ballet on their annual break, and the rehearsal studios at Covent Garden handed over to visiting artists including Ben Folds and Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, the long summer days are fairly quiet for classical dance fans in Covent Garden.

With this in mind, we'll be posting a series of unreleased films on our YouTube channel over the coming few weeks to tide ballet fans over until the Company returns for the 2015/16 Season in September.

In this clip, Royal Ballet Principals Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov perform a section of Frederick Ashton's Symphonic Variations, an abstract work loosely inspired by the four seasons.

Watch more films like this by subscribing to the Royal Opera House YouTube channel:

Marianela Nuñez will perform in Carmen, Tchaikovsky pas de deux, Viscera and Monotones I and II during Autumn 2015.

Vadim Muntagirov will perform in Romeo and JulietTchaikovsky pas de deuxCarmen and The Two Pigeons during Autumn 2015.

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

29 July 2015 at 3.28pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Frederick Ashton, Marianela Nuñez, Production, Symphonic Variations, Vadim Muntagirov, YouTube

This article has 10 comments

  1. Nicola responded on 29 July 2015 at 5:50pm Reply

    Just beautiful! I missed them performing this in full, so really happy to see this!

  2. JC Penman responded on 29 July 2015 at 6:16pm Reply

    Absolutely beautiful

  3. Annabella responded on 4 August 2015 at 1:01am Reply

    I have never seen this ballet, so thank you so much for this post. Will it ever be filmed?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 4 August 2015 at 12:26pm

      Hi Annabella,

      We haven't any plans to release a DVD of this production at present I'm afraid.


      ROH Content Producer

  4. David responded on 5 August 2015 at 9:47am Reply

    This is a splendid idea. Enjoyed the first of the series with Marianela and Vadim and am looking forward eagerly to the next. Thank you.

  5. This clip is a true interpretation of Sir Fred's choreography and spirit. When in RB years ago, seeing the original cast and some later ones, was an inspiration that has lasted all my life.
    I would so wish that some of Ashton's works were kept exclusively for Royal Ballet. Only they, with the continuous development of the company's style can give this masterpiece its true life.
    Sad when some USA companies have the pretense of being able to take on such a masterpiece. Ashton deserves more respect.

  6. Margaret Lavender responded on 3 April 2017 at 1:21am Reply

    I last saw Symphonic Variations during the Queen's Silver Jubilee 1977 celebrations in the Gala Performance shown live on tv from the ROH.
    As with comments above, we so VERY rarely see these wonderful,but so short ballets of Fred's from the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s. They were all shown SO often on tv in the above years - but never now. Even your short clip above was a black screen - music, no dancing. Why please? Please please consider releasing DVDs of all these lovely short ballets. You don't need the expense of re-filming them AT ALL! Just show the original,b/w films with the original dancers - Fonteyn, Shearer, David Blair, Michael Soames, Alexis Rassine, Fred himself, Nureyev - oh you know them all, I don't have to list all their names. Show these wonderful ballets on tv or better still, released on DVD - A Month in the Country, Etudes, along with Symphonic Variations, Elite so many wonderful ballets and music just dropped out of the history of time. It's outrageous when ŵe have films/cameras/all equipment needed for the new young generations to be able to see them. I regularly about once a year, write this pleading letter to the Powers that Be, but without success, never a reply, and I don't understand why they can't be released. PLEASE???

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 3 April 2017 at 10:29am

      Dear Margaret,

      Thank you for your comment. Sorry to hear you can't see the video posted above; it should be a video of Vadim and Marianela dancing. It could be to do with your internet settings? If you have any more luck watching on YouTube, the video link is here:

      Regarding releasing the ballets on DVD, we would obviously love to share as much footage as possible! Unfortunately, releasing ballets on DVD (or even publishing on YouTube) requires a number of complex financial and legal agreements, and often involves negotiating the rights with all those involved in the production (from scenic artists to orchestral musicians, to performers etc). We do, of course, release footage of as much as we can, and thank you for your feedback.

      Kind regards,


  7. Margaret Lavender responded on 3 April 2017 at 1:40am Reply

    From Margaret Lavender,continuing my comment above. I'm now 78, and am ill, and live in the country miles from cities with ballet. I'll never see a live ballet again. But TV and DVDs make up for it. If ONLY the Powers that Be will release them. And show much much more ballet on TV. And I don't mean the modern ballet, particularly the men's ballets by Michael Bryne and the other men etc, which I loathe. Show those type of ballets seperately within their own performances. Don't mix them up in Mixed Bills with those gorgeous short ones we're talking about above. I only love classical ballet. I took my last ballet lesson when I was 36 in the 1970s when Lynn Seymour was THE ballerina of the day.

  8. Margaret Lavender responded on 3 April 2017 at 1:42am Reply

    Do keep this conversation going people! If we pester the Powers that Be enough, we might get all these short wonderful ballets released on DVD.

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