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  1. The Friends’ Spring ROH Magazine has just arrived and contains interesting news about the new production of Ashton’s Cinderella. It seems that, in the past, women sometimes took the roles of the Stepsisters and Wendy Ellis Somes (who owns the choreographic rights to the ballet) has decided to allow women to get a chance at the parts – in alternate casts. The Magazine quotes Kevin O’Hare saying that they wanted to take another look at the Stepsisters’ function in the ballet and ‘look at how we can make it work for audiences of today’. We could be in for some surprises!
  2. The Ashton Foundation has sent out the following information to its mailing list: This season marks the tenth anniversary of the Foundation – it was launched in autumn 2011 – and so is somewhat different from previous seasons. Below are the main events: Monday 13 September 2021. The 2nd Frederick Ashton Lecture in our Frederick Ashton Lecture Series presented in association with the Wallace Collection at 7pm. Lord Berkeley of Knighton CBE, the well-known broadcaster and composer Michael Berkeley, will deliver the 2021 lecture under the title “SHOCK, JOY and AWE”. His talk will focus on the excitement and necessity of creating new work, and the current difficulties for the creative industries and for art in education. Owing to Covid restrictions, this will be an online event (free). Registration for the livestream to open shortly. For further information, refer to the Wallace Collection website: http://www.wallacecollection.org Wednesday 27 October 2021. Ashton Rediscovered Insight Performance in the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House at 7.30pm This programme will focus on the six decades of Ashton’s work as a choreographer and will include filmed and live extracts of some of the rarely-performed Ashton works which have been the subject of the Foundation’s Ashton Rediscovered masterclasses. It will also include the first performance for many years of Ashton’s Hamlet and Ophelia, created on Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev as Hamlet Prelude in 1977, and the first public showing of a new 40-minute documentary film commissioned by the Foundation from film-maker Lynne Wake about Frederick Ashton and the work of the Frederick Ashton Foundation. General booking opens on 24 August. For further details, refer to the Royal Opera House website: http://www.roh.org.uk Sunday 20 February 2022. Ashton Rediscovered masterclass at the Royal Ballet Upper School at 2.30pm Les Rendezvous (1933) with Merle Park and Les Patineurs (1937) with Wayne Sleep A return of the popular Sunday afternoon masterclasses, followed by a drinks reception. Booking information will be circulated later in the year. Spring 2022. Ashton Insight in the Clore Studio (date to be announced) Frederick Ashton, the upcoming Ashton triple-bill and the Foundation will feature in this Royal Opera House Insight event. Tickets not yet available. For booking and further information, refer in due course to the Royal Opera House website: www.roh.org.uk 23 April – 2 May 2022. An all-Ashton programme at the Royal Opera House. Scènes de ballet, A Month in the Country and Rhapsody will form this programme. The Frederick Ashton Foundation is most grateful to the Royal Ballet for bringing this anniversary season to a close with this programme. Tickets not yet available. For booking and further information, refer in due course to the Royal Opera House website: http://www.roh.org.uk
  3. Hi all, Selling my ticket to this lovely Mixed Bill. Lower Slips Right, A90. Selling face value, £12. Dream : Akane Takada, Steven McRae Symphonic Variations: Marianela Nuñez, Vadim Muntagirov M+A, Zenaida Yanowsky, Roberto Bolle I can hand over on the night, but would prefer not to be too long at the ROH as I now have another commitment that night! Thank you.
  4. Does anyone know when (or whether) the Royal Ballet intends to release this dvd, announced some time ago?
  5. Now that Youtube is official and the clips are (mostly) legally licensed, I have noticed that all sorts of old stuff is being uploaded. Thames News, for example, has posted some pretty old stuff including this: It's a news item about a royal gala at Covent Garden in 1986 (I think) which was a performance of Ashton's last production of Cinderella. Nice rehearsal footage and an interview with Anthony Dowell. The clip was uploaded earlier this year and the quality is very good for a change. (Sorry about the link but I've forgotten how to do it neatly - could some nice moderator direct me to the instructions?) Thanks Linda
  6. I was going to add this to the thread about the RB's Ashton Mixed Bill but it is going a bit off-topic so I've started this one instead. In the BBC's recent documentary about the RB "Dancing in the Blitz", there was a clip of the dress rehearsal of the first production of SV. The only surviving dancer from the original cast, Henry Danton, talked about it as being a relaxation for the dancers to dance something that was pure dance. Despite its technical difficulties those who danced it in the past apparently loved it. According to the programme (narrated by David Bintley) the clip has never been seen before which opens up all sorts of possibilities. If it's from the RB archives maybe more film from this era will be made available for us to see. Incidentally, if anyone missed this fascinating documentary, I have a home recording which I am happy to lend. Linda
  7. There is a double page article in today's edition of The Times about Frederick Ashton and his ballets.
  8. Just realised we haven't got a thread started for the Royal Ballet's new triple bill (Birthday Offering/A Month in the Country/Les Noces), which had its first night tonight, so thoughts here, please.
  9. Fille starts a short run tomorrow with Nunez and Acosta, and also showing at cinemas around the world on May 16th with Marquez and McRae. Please discuss the performances here.
  10. I know it's a bit early yet, as performances don't begin until the middle of next week, but I thought I'd start a thread in case anyone wants to comment on tonight's insight evening or anything else relevant. (Don't forget that we already have a thread for Period 2 casting, if anyone needs to post about cast changes: http://www.balletcoforum.com/index.php?/topic/35-rb-period-2-casting/).
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