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Thursday, November 11


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The Frederick Ashton Foundation celebrates its tenth anniversary.


The evening opened with a filmed tribute by Robert Helpmann on the occasion of Ashton’s retirement as artistic director of the Royal Ballet in July 1970. Then followed a brief glimpse on film of young Alexander Grant bounding through the sailor’s dance from Rio Grande, a solo originally performed by Walter Gore in 1931. The programme’s compères, Gary Avis and Isabel McMeekan, came on stage to guide us through live excerpts from Ashton’s long career, which started before any British ballet companies had been formally established.


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