Live Cinema Season

Rhapsody / The Two Pigeons (2016)

Recorded | Ballet

Running time: ABOUT 2 HOURS & 55 MINUTES, INCLUDING 2 INTERVALS

Rhapsody / The Two Pigeons (2016)

Ashton’s celebration of virtuoso dance creates an elegant counterpoint to his charming, light-hearted romance.

Background

Frederick Ashton, Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet, defined the English style. In this double programme the Company celebrates Ashton and his legacy in two contrasting works. Rhapsody, created in 1980, is one of Ashton’s final works. Created for Mikhail Baryshnikov, it is a celebration of the male virtuoso – though Ashton also endows the Principal female role with choreography of breathtaking clarity and speed.

Not seen at the Royal Opera House since 1985, The Two Pigeons (1962) is a quintessential Ashton work. In his story of a wayward young man blind to the value of what is right in front him, Ashton explores the nature of love in one of his most charming, elegant and moving works.

Frederick Ashton created more than one hundred works during his lifetime (1904–88). For further information, please visit www.frederickashton.org.uk.

Mixed programme

These works are performed together:

Rhapsody / The Two Pigeons Digital Programme

Rhapsody / The Two Pigeons Digital Programme
£2.99

Digital Programmes bring together a range of specially selected films, audio clips, pictures, articles, features, news and information, as well as exclusives and updates, and highlights from the Royal Opera House website, YouTube, SoundCloud and Flickr pages. Features are added as the performances approach, to enhance your experience of a production.

Cast sheets

Cast sheets are available as PDFs

News and features

To find out more visit the Rhapsody / The Two Pigeons (2016) production page.