Listen: What makes Frederick Ashton unique?

Listen: What makes Frederick Ashton unique? | Danza Ballet 
Listen: What makes Frederick Ashton unique? | Danza Ballet 

As a The Royal Ballet releases an all-Ashton programme on DVD, we publish an Insights event about the choreographer’s early career.

Curator for Dance at the V&A Jane Pritchard recently examined the early career of choreographer Frederick Ashton as part of an ROH Insights event.

The Insight event examined Ashton’s early career including his admiration for Anna Pavlova and being taught by Marie Rambert. It also examined some of the choreographer’s works that were performed during the 2012/13 Season including La Valse (the first production of which by Bronislava Nijinska featured Ashton performing on stage), Monotones and Marguerite and Armand. Ashton’s use of dancers, the stage and symbols were also discussed.

Of the choreographer’s appeal, Jane said:

‘Ashton is like a sponge. He picks up all these influences around him – he uses them but he makes them his own.’

Listen to highlights from the event:

During the 2013/14 Season The Royal Ballet will perform Frederick Ashton’s Rhapsody from 7 – 15 February 2014 and The Dream from 31 May – 13 June 2014.

Listen: What makes Frederick Ashton unique? | Danza Ballet
Margot Fonteyn, Michael Somes and Frederick Ashton in rehearsal for Ondine © Roger Wood/ROH 1958


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