David Ashmole Principal dancer with RB and Australian Ballet diesFormer Principal Ballet dancer aged 59 died in London
Posted 29 July 2009 - 01:54 PM
I must have seen him dance more than a hundred times and he was successful in a number of leading parts and was always elegant with a very good technique that was smooth and well suited to prince type roles.
Posted 29 July 2009 - 05:09 PM
Posted 30 July 2009 - 01:14 AM
What sad news: so young and so fast.
It is indeed very sad, but I believe he was in a great deal of pain. He was a beautiful dancer and a nice person.
Posted 30 July 2009 - 05:56 PM
in any case, this is how i remember David Ashmole - pictured here in the Leslie Hurry-designed production of the Royal Ballet's SWAN LAKE.
Posted 31 July 2009 - 03:28 PM
Posted 31 July 2009 - 07:57 PM
Posted 01 August 2009 - 04:19 AM
His youthfulness in the second photo is magic. It led me to the Royal's performance database. He danced Waltz (Act I) and Pas de Quatre (Act III) in this production of Swan Lake from 1971 to at least 1974. (What a marvelous resource this database is !)
I saw him in the Pas de Quatre and remember clearly his unaffected clarity and beauty of line. As these photos partly show, he exemplified a high standard of English male classicism. Very sad news.
Posted 04 September 2009 - 05:01 PM
Wasn't he with the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet as well? I seem to remember him in a book about Sir Peter Wright staging Swan Lake for that company in the 1980s -- I think he did the role of Siegfried.
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