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  1. The Viviana Durante company presents a programme Isadora now at the Barbican in London in Feb 2010. It includes Durante dancing Ashton's Five Brahms Walzes in the manner of Isadora Duncan. Details here https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2020/event/viviana-durante-company-isadora-now
  2. The Ashton Foundation presented another Masterclass on 27th October. This time it was Christopher Newton and Ursula Hageli rehearsing Royal Ballet dancers in Foyer de Danse (1932), and Wayne Eagling rehearsing Calvin Richardson in Le Papillon variation (1975 ). It was filmed so in time it should show up on the Ashton Foundation website.
  3. Monotones I and II are on in the main house , 3 - 13 June. The bill in the Linbury is different, it's in mid May.
  4. The Royal Ballet has a further mixed bill in the Linbury in mid May 2020 which is supposed to include an Ashton piece. Details are very thin - this was announced in the season press release but it isn't on the ROH web site at present.
  5. The RB web site states that "Frederick Ashton’s Monotones I and II .... replaces Alexei Ratmansky’s Preludes in June 2020. This is due to last minute changes in Ratmansky’s commitments with American Ballet Theater" - is this related perhaps to his new full length work for them ?
  6. Oddly enough, the same Ricardo Amarante work (Love Fear Loss) was performed earlier this month in London, by the Astana Ballet at the Linbury. Sadly it was recorded music rather than live, which I'm sure would be a big improvement. There was another (longer) Amarante work on the programme, A Fuego Lento, with a strong tango influence.. I think both of these might have been originally made for the Royal Ballet of Flanders.
  7. This was filmed last summer in Budapest, and will be shown in UK cinemas this autumn. It might be shown on tv at Christmas by the BBC. Hayward and Bracewell are the leads. This is the site for the film - there is a trailer available. https://www.romeoandjulietballetfilm.com/
  8. Dance of the Blessed Spirits was the subject of one of the Ashton Foundation Masterclasses with Dowell, back in 2016, the film of it is available via the Foundation web site. http://www.frederickashton.org.uk/rediscovered.html If only they would get round to performing this at Covent Garden....
  9. I'd be interested to hear reports of this. Re Programme A, I did wonder if the Ashton pieces might be those featured at the recent Fonteyn gala - Pajdak did the Wise Virgins solo and Stix-Brunell a brief solo from Nocturne. Both collectors' items. Perhaps the Edmonds piece might be the solo she made for Joseph Sissens seen on World Ballet day last year. There is also a self-choreographed solo by Calvin Richardson which I recall has cropped up in galas.
  10. I did see it, and dug about to see if I kept any notes from then, but I didn't turn up anything. I think the response was in general very positive. Though maybe it was a bit overshadowed by the Raymonda Act 3 on he same bill. There is a review which gives you some idea https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/dance/10203868/A-Tribute-to-Nureyev-English-National-Ballet-Review.html
  11. It was done by English National Ballet in London in 2013, with Vadim Muntagirov.
  12. There's a lovely (quite small) book of black and white photos of Fonteyn by Gordon Anthony from 1950, which includes a number of pieces not performed any more, The depth of feeling about a number of these registers very strongly. Here's his words about The Wise Virgins. "Fonteyn was the very personification of the dawn of womanhood. With bare feet and flowing robes she was an Italian Renaissance painting come to life. The grace and beauty of the stylised movements of hands and arms suited her to perfection, and, giving full rein to her lyricism, she appeared literally to melt from one posture to another.....she seemed to surround herself with a great tenderness and peace."
  13. This year's competition has just begun. The BBC web site is here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007qn4b Usually clips of performances turn up on the site as it progresses.
  14. There's a number of new versions about it seems. There is one in the UK with choreography by Aletta Collins. Details here with some remarks on other versions in preparation. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46045398
  15. The BBC are putting out a full day of live streaming on 5 April - Dance Passion. The full running order is here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/13k4DfWMQqTB1znP4nggBk3/full-running-order-for-dancepassion-live-on-friday-5-april Main page is here https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/errz3d/live/c4rp5v Lots of different UK companies participating, in half hour or so slots, ENB, BRB, Scottish Ballet, Rambert , Akram Khan, Wayne McGregor and others. I think that these should also be available later on demand. I don't know if this will be available outside the UK.
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