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Alexander Grant

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Many of our members will be especially interested in this:

The Ashton Foundation's activities will be backed by the financier and chairman of the National Association of Pension Funds, Lindsay Tomlinson. Early planned events include a reconstruction of Ashton's 1932 Foyer de danse, to be shown at the Opera House in an "Insight Evening" on 2 November, the filming of a BRB rehearsal of The Two Pigeons in Birmingham (March 2012), and the filming of the Royal Ballet working on La fille mal gardée (April 2012). A DVD of Ashton's Scènes de ballet, divertissements and Les Patineurs is to be released by Opus Arte next month.
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The Balanchine rep was also distributed widely, but the agreement to manage them through the Foundation was agreed to quickly by most of the recipients. I hope that waiting this long doesn't impact the Ashton Foundation's ability to get everyone, or mostly everyone, on board.

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IT sounds like some of the most central works in his repertory are currently owned by a wide variety of people. I hope that this does not turn out to be a problem.

If the heirs are wise, they will join up and support this new venture. The Ashton brand can only benefit from intelligent oversight and nurturing, which could lead to more Ashton being danced (and danced well). Which, in turn, increases the owners' royalties.
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