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Frederick Ashton

Dance on Television

BBC Four celebrates dance this weekend, with documentaries and filmed performances, from Margot Fonteyn and Merce Cunningham to the Javier De Frutos/Pet Shop Boys collaboration The Most Incredible Thing.

Sadler’s Wells autumn season

Sadler’s Wells has announced its autumn season for 2011. The programme is dominated by a new Out of Asia strand, with artists and themes from China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Japan and Taiwan. There are also new works from Clod Ensemble (pictured, photograph by Manuel Vason), Fabulous Beast, Rambert Dance Company, Wayne McGregor and ZooNation.

Royal Ballet 2011-2012

2011–2012 will be Monica Mason’s final season as director of The Royal Ballet. This is, she explains, “a case of ‘Director’s Choice’ – I’ve included a lot of things that have been particularly special to me, and also one or two that might not appear again for a while.”

Vasiliev and Osipova in Ashton’s Romeo

Frederick Ashton’s version of Romeo and Juliet will be revived at the London Coliseum this July, starring Ivan Vasiliev (pictured) and Natalia Osipova of the Bolshoi Ballet. Last summer, Vasiliev and Osipova were the sensation of the Bolshoi’s London season: audiences and reviews were ecstatic.

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 2011-2012 season

Birmingham Royal Ballet has announced next season’s performances at Birmingham Hippodrome, the company’s home theatre. It’s an excitingly varied programme, including a world premiere by artistic director David Bintley and a rich selection of Ashton works.

La Fille mal gardée in Budapest

A new acquisition for the Hungarian National Ballet, A Rosszul őrzött lány secured a rousing reception on its first night – Frederick Ashton’s delightfully sunny La Fille mal gardée has gone Magyar. The ballet was danced with aplomb, and Alexander Grant, the work’s custodian and the original Alain in 1960, was there to oversee final […]

Sarasota Ballet in Les Patineurs and The Two Pigeons

Performances of Frederick Ashton’s ballets are few and far between these days – though in New York we do have Sylvia to look forward to in American Ballet Theatre’s summer season – so when I heard that the Sarasota Ballet was bringing back The Two Pigeons, which it first presented a year ago, together with […]

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