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James Wilkie

Anthony Dowell

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I was wondering if anyone could help me in finding a video copy Anthony Dowell in Ashton's 1964 production of The Sleeping Beauty. As there is a wonderful solo that Ashton created for Dowell that I would like to learn. :cool:

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James, if you find one, please let me know :cool: You might be able to find that solo, though, in another way. In the late 1970s there was a Christmas broadcast of Sleeping Beauty with David Wall, and I think it was the same solos. Since this was televised, someone might have it.

Good luck!

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James/Alexandra

We've discussed this solo recently I think (or perhaps in was on Ballet.Co). Surely this is the solo danced by Zoltan Solymosi on the recent Royal Ballet video of SB (with Viviana Durante as Aurora)? I seem to remember saying that it was the only time I had liked Solymosi.

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Ann, I haven't seen that video, so I don't know. Thanks for the info -- I don't think we discussed it here. Does anyone else remember? (It may be by MacMillan. I believe he did a third act solo as well, as there's one in the ABT production.)

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Jane, where in the production does he do it? I do have the video (although I don't much like ZS's mugging in the grand pas.)

I also don't remember Ashton getting any choreographic credit....I really dislike Macmillan's messing around with the grand pas choreography....I'll go watch it again if you tell me where to look----

thanks!

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Wait! Which solo are we talking about? I assumed (perhaps rashly) that James was referring to an interpolated "modern" solo in Act II. Ashton did choreograph a male solo for Act III for Michael Somes. (Very classical, very simple, very beautiful; it was also in the Danish production). I wasn't aware that Dowell danced this Act III solo, nor that it had been filmed. (Learn that one too, James, if you can find it. :cool: )

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Alexandra I would also be very interested to see the solo that Ashton did for Somes. Do you know of a video recording of it? I also have a copy of the SB with Zolymosi I shall also have a look.

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James, I'm almost certain the Act III variation was never videoed.

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James/Juliet/Alexandra:

I've now watched my video of the RB's 'Beauty' (1996?)and the solo I'm referring to takes place in Act II at the end of the hunting scene and just before the 'vision' scene. Prince Florimund is alone and sad and he dances this beautiful slow solo to music that I ought to recognize. Although the credits at the end mention only Petipa choreography with 'additions' by Ashton and MacMillan, the piece looks very Ashtonian to me. It's certainly far more lyrical than any Petipa solo created for a man that I've ever seen.

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