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This is scheduled to take place at the Royal Ballet School, but details about it are not easy to find. There is nothing about it on the RBS site itself, although that does have details of the symposium on Helpman later in the year.

 

http://www.royal-ballet-school.org.uk/rhsymposium/

 

The only details so far online seem to be on the ROH facebook page

 

 

"Participants/speakers include Christopher Cook, Alastair Macaulay, Richard Alston, Geraldine Morris, Stephanie Jordan, Jane Pritchard, Lesley Collier, Francesca Hayward, Ricardo Cervera, Antoinette Sibley, Anthony Dowell, Margaret Barbieri, Wendy Ellis-Somes, Desmond Kelly, Liz Cunliffe, Jeanetta Laurence, Kevin O'Hare and Anthony Russell-Roberts (information correct at 30.7.13)"

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Frederick-Ashton-Foundation/502448869816967

 

 

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The cost of the day is £60 and can be booked through ashtonfoundation@roh.org.uk

 

The programme currently is Sunday 22 September 2013 at The Royal Ballet School, 46 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2.

 

0845 - 0930

Arrival and registration

Tea/coffee available

0930 – 0935

Welcome and Introduction

 

0935 - 10000

Session 1: The continuing power and ambition of Ashton’s work with Q&A

 

1000 - 1130

Session 2: What makes an Ashton work an Ashton work with Q&A

 

1130 - 1200

 

Tea/coffee break

1200 - 1300

Session 3: The changing training and perceptions of dancers with Q&A

 

1300 - 1415

 

Lunch break

1415 - 1515

Session 4: Masterclass: The Dream

 

1515 - 1630

Session 5: Staging an Ashton ballet with Q&A

 

1630 - 1700

 

Tea/coffee break

1700 - 1755

Session 6: Conclusion: securing Ashton’s legacy for the future. Panel discussion with Q&A

 

1755 - 1800

Close

 

1800 - 1900

Drinks reception and departure

 

 

Participants include Richard Alston, Ricardo Cervera, Lesley Collier, Christopher Cook, Liz Cunliffe, Anthony Dowell, Wendy Ellis-Somes, Stephanie Jordan, Jeanetta Laurence, Alastair Macaulay, Geraldine Morris, Kevin O’Hare, Jane Pritchard, Antoinette Sibley

 

Information correct at 30.6.13

 

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SheilaC that's unfortunate, but they are a small organization with limited resources at this stage; I would just follow up with them by email and I'm sure you'll get a response.

 

The details are not on the RBS website as (unlike the Helpmann Symposium) it is not their event; they are simply providing the space for it to be held in.  However, ajf has posted the details above so everyone has them.  I believe there are still tickets available.

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This is the latest info that I've just received - more names added. Still subject to change.

 

THE FREDERICK ASHTON FOUNDATION

 

 

FREDERICK ASHTON: 21st-CENTURY CHOREOGRAPHER?

 

A one-day Symposium celebrating the continuing power and ambition of Ashton’s work, focusing on the role of Ashton today and into the future, the preservation of his work, and issues arising from the changing training and perceptions of today’s dancers.

 

Sunday 22 September 2013 at The Royal Ballet School, 46 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2

 

The Symposium will commence promptly at 9.30am and finish at 7.00pm.

 

0845 - 0930

Arrival and registration

Tea/coffee available

0930 – 0935

Welcome and Introduction

 

0935 - 10000

Session 1: The continuing power and ambition of Ashton’s work

 

1000 - 1130

Session 2: What makes an Ashton work an Ashton work with Q&A

 

1130 - 1200

 

Tea/coffee break

1200 - 1300

Session 3: The changing training and perceptions of dancers with Q&A

 

1300 - 1415

 

Lunch break

1415 - 1515

Session 4: Masterclass: The Dream

 

1515 - 1630

Session 5: Staging an Ashton ballet with Q&A

 

1630 - 1700

 

Tea/coffee break

1700 - 1755

Session 6: Conclusion: securing Ashton’s legacy for the future. Panel discussion with Q&A

 

1755 - 1800

Close

 

1800 - 1900

Drinks reception and departure

 

 

Participants include Richard Alston, Margaret Barbieri, Ricardo Cervera, Lesley Collier, Christopher Cook, Liz Cunliffe, Anthony Dowell, Wendy Ellis-Somes, Francesca Hayward, Stephanie Jordan, Desmond Kelly, Jeanetta Laurence, Alastair Macaulay, Laura Morera, Geraldine Morris, Kevin O’Hare, Jane Pritchard, Anthony Russell-Roberts, Antoinette Sibley, Akane Takada,Dawid Trzensimiech, Iain Webb

 

Subject to alteration. Information correct at 9.8.13

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This sounds like the very similar but much more comprehensive (and hugely enjoyable) Ashton three-day conference at the Roehampton Institute in 1994.  Many of the participants in this new symposium are the same as those in the original conference (eg. Alastair Macaulay, who gave a wonderfully entertaining talk on the sexual elements of Ashton's ballets, with a beautifully-timed interruption from Alexander Grant).  However, I don't suppose this will stop me from attending the Symposium if I can get a ticket.

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This sounds like the very similar but much more comprehensive (and hugely enjoyable) Ashton three-day conference at the Roehampton Institute in 1994.  Many of the participants in this new symposium are the same as those in the original conference (eg. Alastair Macaulay, who gave a wonderfully entertaining talk on the sexual elements of Ashton's ballets, with a beautifully-timed interruption from Alexander Grant).  However, I don't suppose this will stop me from attending the Symposium if I can get a ticket.

One of the great things Balletco did was put the entire Roehampton book/proceedings on line:

Following Sir Fred - book of the 1994 Roehampton Conference

 

It was a huge undertaking that Brendan McCarthy led for us (Jane Simpson and I did good things for it too). A wonderful set of pages to dip into.

 

Actually just looking at the contents page is fun...

 

Following Sir Fred’s Steps

Contents

 

Acknowledgements

Preface

Introduction

 

Ashton Now

David Vaughan

 

The Influence of Cecchetti on Ashton's Work

Richard Glasstone

 

The Bourrée: a Myriad of Uses

Geraldine Morris

 

The Expanded Moment

James Neufeld

 

Character and Classicism in Ashton's Dances

John Percival

 

Approaches to the Revival of Les Masques

Shelley Bergand Jill Beck

 

A Month in the Country

Stephanie Jordan

 

My Dearest Friend, My Greatest Collaborator

Beth Genné

 

Mime in Ashton's Ballets

Giannandrea Poesio

 

Romeo and Juliet

Katherine S. Healy

 

Following the Fred Step

Adrian Grater

 

Two Letters

Jane Pritchard

 

Gender, Sexuality, Community

Alastair Macaulay

 

Interview with Alexander Grant

Julie Kavanagh

 

The Ballerina's Solos from Scènes de ballet

Antoinette Sibley

 

Pas de Deux from the Dream

Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell

 

The Solo Seal Variations

Pamela May

 

The Royal Ballet Ashton Programme

Panel Discussion

 

Ashton Dancers Across the Generations

Panel Discussion

 

Choreographers and Teachers

Panel Discussion

 

'Stars' from Cinderella

Rosalind Eyre

 

Solo from Birthday Offering

Monica Mason

 

Excerpts from Enigma Variations

Peter Wright

 

 

Appendix I Scores of Ashton Ballets in Benesh Movement Notation

Appendix II Notes on Contributors

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Thank you, Bruce, for this truly EXTRAORDINARY work.  I hope it is referenced for ALL in the mentioned one day conference.  It is especially refreshing as it is available to ALL at no cost.  In the truest sense it is a public service. 

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Final details received today.

 

08.45 - 09.30

Arrival and registration. Tea/coffee available

 

09.30 – 09.35

Welcome and Introduction

 

09.35 – 10.15

Session 1: The continuing power and ambition of Ashton’s work

Alastair Macaulay; Richard Alston

 

10.15 – 11.30

Session 2: What makes an Ashton work an Ashton work with Q&A

Geraldine Morris (movement style);  Stephanie Jordan (music); Jane Pritchard (designs)

 

11.30 – 12.00 Tea/coffee break

 

12.00 – 13.00

Session 3: The changing training and perceptions of dancers with Q&A

Focus on Rhapsody. Lesley Collier, with Laura Morera and Francesca Hayward (plus Ricardo Cervera)

 

13.00 – 14.15 Lunch break

 

14.15 – 15.15

Session 4: Masterclass: The Dream

Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell, with Akane Takada and Dawid Trzensimiech

 

15.15 – 16.45

Session 5: Staging an Ashton ballet with Q&A

Iain Webb and Margaret Barbieri; Wendy Ellis-Somes and Malin Thoors; Desmond Kelly

 

16.45 – 17.15 Tea/coffee break

 

17.15 – 18.00

Session 6: Securing Ashton’s legacy for the future. Panel discussion with Q&A

Christopher Cook (chair) with Alastair Macaulay, Richard Alston, Stephanie Jordan, Liz Cunliffe, Jeanetta Laurence, Kevin O’Hare and Anthony Russell-Roberts

 

18.00 – 18.05 Conclusion

 

18.05 – 19.00 Drinks reception and departure

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