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The genius of Frederick Ashton

29 June 2024

9:00 AM

29 June 2024

9:00 AM

Ashton Celebrated

Royal Ballet/Royal Opera House

To defend my case that Frederick Ashton ought to be acknowledged as one of the major artistic geniuses of the last century, I would adduce three crucial pieces of evidence, garnered from the Royal Ballet’s ‘Ashton Celebrated’ festival at Covent Garden this month.

Oberon and Titania’s love is an open contest between two unyielding wills: it can’t be danced gently

The first is ‘Les Rendezvous’, dating from 1933 and one of his earliest enduring creations.

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