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Frederick Ashton’s Ballets: Style, Performance, Choreography


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#1 Helene

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 02:34 PM

Dance Books has announced the publication of Geraldine Morris' "Frederick Ashton's Ballets: Style, Performance, and Choreography." From the email announcements:

The author, a former member of the Royal Ballet, has produced a ground-breaking study of six of Ashton's ballets, using them as examples to discuss the nature of Ashton's style and its relationship to early twentieth century dance training in Britain. She discusses the problems of performing Ashton's work in a stylistically correct manner, and suggests how some present day defects might be remedied. The result is exhilarating and enlightening but also controversial.


Here's a link to book page on the Dance Books website:
http://www.dancebook...6eashs4j78r3r11

#2 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:21 AM

I was watching Sylvia yesterday with my mom and she asked me "why this beautiful Petipa choreography is not that known as SL or SB", and she was surprised when I told her that it was not Petipa, but rather Ashton's display of the Petipa language. She LOVED the ballet. I'm taking her to NYC to see it ! Posted Image

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 10:23 AM

My copy is in the mail!

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 02:45 PM

And it came today!!

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 10:18 AM

Sandik, if you have time, please report any interesting findings – especially anything characterizing elements of the Ashton style or approach.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 10:58 AM

Sandik, if you have time, please report any interesting findings – especially anything characterizing elements of the Ashton style or approach.


Alas, I've got a pile of work and family obligations right now, so I won't be reading through this until that's done...


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