Symphonic Dances ©2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Tombeaux / Monotones I and II / Symphonic Dances

313 June 2020
Main Stage
Ballet and dance
These works are performed together:
  • Tombeaux
  • Monotones I and II
  • Symphonic Dances

A programme of three modern works created for The Royal Ballet begins with Tombeaux, David Bintley’s tribute to Frederick Ashton and British ballet tradition. This important work was created as Bintley’s last work for the Company before he became Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, and The Royal Ballet revives it in appreciation as he steps down from BRB. Ashton’s own work, Monotones I and II, stands as a luminous distillation of the choreographer’s craft – a serene ballet duo set to haunting music by Erik Satie. As a finale to the programme, Liam Scarlett’s Symphonic Dances to Rachmaninoff’s music presents the shifting moods dictated by its central ballerina against a backdrop of dramatic light and colour.

Generous philanthropic support from

Julia and Hans Rausing and the Friends of Covent Garden.

Tombeaux – Generous philanthropic support from

Sir Lloyd and Lady Dorfman.

Symphonic Dances – Liam Scarlett's role as Artist in Residence is generously supported by

Ricki Gail and Robert Conway.

Young ROH is generously made possible by

The Bunting Family and Sir Simon Robey.



Cast may vary depending on date. Go to dates and prices to view casting.



ChoreographyDavid Bintley

MusicWilliam Walton

DesignerJasper Conran

LightingJohn B. Read

Monotones I and II

ChoreographyFrederick Ashton

MusicErik Satie

DesignerFrederick Ashton

Lighting designerJohn B. Read

Symphonic Dances

ChoreographyLiam Scarlett

MusicSergey Rachmaninoff

DesignerJon Morrell

Lighting designerDavid Finn

Video designerDavid Finn and Leo Flint


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