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Watch: Rehearsals for The Royal Ballet's Marguerite and Armand

Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Ball showcase a work described as boasting 'a passion more real than life itself' by dance icon Margot Fonteyn.

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

1 May 2018 at 11.34am | 6 Comments

Described by legendary ballerina Margot Fonteyn as ‘a passion more real than life itself’, Frederick Ashton's Marguerite and Armand is especially demanding for dancers, both physically and emotionally.

Featuring choreography of great intensity, it is a ballet that takes everything out of its leading couple.

With the ballet back on stage at Covent Garden, Principal Lauren Cuthbertson and First Soloist Matthew Ball gave our social media followers a glimpse into rehearsals via Facebook Live. Their debut performances in this run have been especially anticipated, as Lauren is the first British ballerina to dance the role of Marguerite at Covent Garden since Fonteyn last performed it in 1973.

The rehearsal is now available to watch on-demand:

Marguerite and Armand runs in a mixed programme with Obsidian Tear and Elite Syncopations until 11 May 2018. Tickets are still available.

Obsidian Tear is a co-production between The Royal Ballet and Boston Ballet and is staged with generous philanthropic support from Linda and Philip Harley, Victoria Robey and an anonymous donor.

Marguerite and Armand is staged with generous philanthropic support from Aud Jebsen and Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson

Elite Syncopations is staged with generous philanthropic support from Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson, Richard and Delia Baker and Peter Lloyd.

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

1 May 2018 at 11.34am

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Frederick Ashton, Marguerite and Armand, Mixed Programme, Obsidian Tear / Marguerite and Armand / Elite Syncopations, Production

This article has 6 comments

  1. Stevie responded on 1 May 2018 at 1:04pm Reply

    This pairing brings more to the production than I have seen previously. Lauren has never looked better and fits the role perfectly as a dancer and a character. Would certainly like to catch this one. Thanks very much for sharing this.

  2. Marguerite Wiewel responded on 3 May 2018 at 7:39am Reply

    The performance by Matthew and Lauren was simply superb. A great partnership as well as each individually a triumph. So much emotional investment and flawless technique. A night to remember and going down in history with the greats.

  3. Anna responded on 4 May 2018 at 2:16pm Reply

    Thanks for this clip. I wished it would have been longer.

  4. Oscar Garza responded on 12 May 2018 at 2:44pm Reply

    Beautiful perform. With emotion and precision!! Would love to see it in performance!!

    • Lara Hartley responded on 16 June 2018 at 9:01pm

      be sure to check out Polunin and Rojo on youtube and on the video of ashton ballets. his emotions, never really held completely in check are overwhelming. the "black dress" PDD is acting at its best. violent and tender, brings me to tears every time i watch it.

  5. Susan Bennlye responded on 6 December 2018 at 5:29am Reply

    The male lead needs a great deal of emotive expression to pull this off. The ROH has lost this element when Polunin left. Sorry, so far these other male leads pale in comparison...

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