"Birthday Offering" tag
Ako Kondo, Cristiano Martino, Robyn Hendricks and Amber Scott in Symphonic Variations.© Daniel Boud. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Ashton bill: The Dream, Monotones II, Symphonic Variations – Sydney

After the long famine, Ashton’s ballets made a welcome return this week with the company’s triple bill under the umbrella title, The Dream.

Danielle Brown and Ricardo Rhodes in Frederick Ashton's Birthday Offering.© Frank Atura. (Click image for larger version)

Sarasota Ballet – Sir Frederick Ashton Festival, Programmes 1-4 – Sarasota

Both as a tribute to Ashton and as a coming-out party, it’s hard to imagine how the festival could have gone better. The ballets are in good hands.

Nadia Nerina as The Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty (1951) and Isabel Rawsthorne.© Roger Wood (NN), courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Nadia Nerina and Isabel Rawsthorne exhibitions at the Royal Opera House

Rawsthorne was painted by André Derain and Pablo Picasso, and later by Francis Bacon. She was the inspiration for Alberto Giacometti’s etiolated sculptures of walking figures…

part of the Frederick Ashton's Ballets book cover.© Dance Books. (Click image for full version)

Book – Frederick Ashton’s Ballets by Geraldine Morris

What would he himself make of this book, I wonder? He’d be amazed, I should think, by the amount of detail he’d find, and possibly surprised by some of it…

Marianela Nuñez & Thiago Soares in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Swan Lake – London

And in the next act she (Nunez) did just that, giving us one of the best Odiles I remember seeing. She looked as if bamboozling innocently trusting princes was her favourite thing in the world, the most fun she’d ever had…

Royal Ballet – Birthday Offering, A Month in the Country, Les Noces – London

It is a fine selection which illustrates the variety of the Royal’s heritage works, which must beg the question how well are they are danced now…

Alina Cococaru & Fedrico Bonelli in A Month in the Country. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Birthday Offering, A Month in the Country, Les Noces

36 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Monica Mason: A Life With The Royal Ballet Exhibition

The exhibition ‘Monica Mason: A Life With The Royal Ballet‘ opened in February, but only last week did I see it properly – at a private view, which also happily involved some speeches…

Monica Mason: A Life With The Royal Ballet – Exhibition

Monica Mason has had a unique career with The Royal Ballet, having worked with every previous Director of the Company. As her final Season as Director of The Royal Ballet begins to draw to a close, the Royal Opera House Collections Spring/Summer 2012 exhibition examines and celebrates her 54 years with the Company.

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