Frederick Ashton and His Ballets

1952

[The Story of Three Loves]
An MGM Picture
Produced by Sidney Franklin
The Jealous Lover directed by Gottfried Reinhardt
Screenplay by John Collier
Photographed by Charles Rosher and Harold Rosson
M Serge Rachmaninov (from Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini, 1934)
Players: James Mason, Moira Shearer, Agnes Moorehead
D Moira Shearer and corps de ballet
Filmed January-February 1952; release date 5 March 1953

See 1980, Rhapsody

Picnic at Tintagel
Ballet in three scenes
M Arnold Bax (Symphonic Poem, The Garden of Fand, 1916)
SC Cecil Beaton
D The Husband (King Mark): Francisco Moncion; The Wife (Iseult): Diana Adams; Her Maid (Brangaene): Yvonne Mounsey; Her Lover (Tristram): Jacques d'Amboise; His rivals (The False Knights):
Stanley Zompakos, Brooks Jackson; Her chauffeur and footman (Heralds): Alan Baker, John Mandia; The Caretaker (Merlin): Robert Barnett
FP New York City Ballet, City Center Theater, New York NY, 28 February 1952

Vision of Marguerite
M Franz Liszt (Mephisto Valse No 1, 1862)
SC James Bailey
D Marguerite: Belinda Wright; Her Maid: Wendy West; Faust: John Gilpin; Mephisto: Oleg Briansky
FP London Festival Ballet, Stoll Theatre, London, 3 April 1952

Sylvia
Ballet in three acts by Jules Barbier and Baron de Reinach, based on Aminta by Torquato Tasso
M Léo Delibes (ballet, 1876, with additional numbers from La Source, 1866)
SC Robin and Christopher Ironside
D Sylvia: Margot Fonteyn; Aminta: Michael Somes; Orion: John Hart; Eros: Alexander Grant; Naiads: Dorothea Zaymes, Anne Heaton, Angela Walton; Dryads: Gerd Larsen, April Olrich, Avril Navarre; Slaves: Brian Shaw, Peter Clegg; Orion's Concubines: Dorotha Zaymes, Shirley Bateman; Diana: Julia Farron; Goats: Pauline Clayden, Brian Shaw; Apollo: Kenneth Melville; Ceres: Anne Heaton; Jaseion: Philip Chatfield; Persephone: April Olrich; Pluto: Ray Powell; Sylvans, Attendant Nymphs, Cortège rustique, Trumpeters, the Muses, Spring Attendants, Summer Attendants, Sylvia's Attendant Nymphs, Diana's Attendant Nymphs, A Vision of Diana and Endymion (later addition): corps de ballet
FP Sadler's Wells Ballet, Royal Opera House, London, 3 September 1952

ST Royal Ballet; Tribute to Sir Frederick Ashton; excerpt only:
D Deanne Bergsma; Royal Opera House, London, 24 July 1970

NP Granada Festival: pas de deux from Act II only, with new coda:
D Margot Fonteyn, Michael Somes
FP Jardines del Generalife, Granada, Spain, 30 June 1953

(This arrangement of the pas de deux was often danced by Fonteyn and Somes as a divertissement, e g with London Festival Ballet, Théâtre de Monte Carlo, 15 January 1956, and by other dancers, with the Royal Ballet and elsewhere)

ST Royal Ballet touring section; D Syliva: Doreen Wells; Aminta: Christopher Gable; FP Royal Opera House, London, 6 May 1963

NP Royal Ballet touring section, with abbreviated third act and new variation for Aminta:
D Sylvia: Margot Fonteyn; Aminta: Attilio Labis; Orion: Bryan
Ashbridge; Eros: Richard Farley
FP Royal Opera House, London, 9 June 1965

NP Royal Ballet: abridged (one act) version with some new choreography:
D Sylvia: Nadia Nerina; Aminta: Gary Sherwood; Eros: Alexander Grant; Goats: Ann Howard, Keith Martin; Sylvia's attendants,
Friends of Aminta: corps de ballet
FP Royal Opera House, London, 18 December 1967

NP Royal Ballet; R Christopher Newton; SC Robin and Christopher Ironside, additional designs (Act II) Peter Farmer:
D Sylvia: Darcey Bussell; Aminta: Jonathan Cope; Orion: Thiago Soares; Eros: Martin Harvey'
FP Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 4 November 2004

By Other Companies:

ST American Ballet Theatre; R Christopher Newton; L Mark Jonathan:
D Sylvia: Gillian Murphy; Aminta: Maxim Beloserkovsky; Orion: Marcelo Gomes; Eros: Herman Cornejo
FP Metropolitan Opera House, New York NY, 3 June 2005

ST American Ballet Theatre School Summer Intensive: excerpt from Act I (Les Chasseresses); R Ethan Brown:
FP Purchase College, Purchase NY, 28 July 2006

ST Staatsballet Berlin: R Christopher Newton and Anna Trevien; D Sylvia: Polina Semionova; Aminta: Vladimir Malakhov; Orion: Ibrahim Onal; Eros: Rainer Krenstetter
FP Deutsche Oper Berlin, 28 April 2007

[Le Lac des cygnes]
Ballet in four acts by Vladimir Petrovitch Begichev and Vassily Fedorovitch Geltzer
Choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, produced by Nicholas Sergeyev; revised by Ninette de Valois, with additions by Frederick Ashton
M Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (ballet, opus 20)
SC Leslie Hurry
D Odette/Odile: Beryl Grey; Prince Siegfried: John Field
Act I Valse (Pas de six)
D Rosemary Lindsay, Mary Drage, Svetlana Beriosova, Alexander Grant, Kenneth Melville, Philip Chatfield
Act III Neapolitan Dance
D Julia Farron, Alexander Grant
(sometimes given separately as a divertissement)
FP Sadler's Wells Ballet, Royal Opera House, London, 18 December 1952

ST Royal Ballet touring section; D Odette/Odile: Rowena Jackson; Siegfried: Philip Chatfield FP Royal Opera House, London,
27 June 1958

NP Royal Ballet, under the title Swan Lake; production devised and staged by Robert Helpmann, with additional choreography
by Frederick Ashton, Rudolf Nureyev (Polonaise, Act I, and
Mazurka, Act II) and Maria Fay (Czárdás, Act II); M re- edited by John Lanchbery; SC Carl Toms
Prologue (dropped from 4 March 1967)
D Odette: Margot Fonteyn; Rothbart: Keith Rosson; Princess
Odette's attendants: corps de ballet
Act I Scene 1 Waltz
D Deanne Bergsma, Vyvyan Lorrayne, Monica Mason, Rosalind Eyre, Carole Needham, Vergie Derman, Robert Mead, Anthony
Dowell, Bryan Lawrence, David Drew, Austin Bennett, Kenneth
Mason
Act I Scene 1 Pas de quatre
D Antoinette Sibley, Merle Park, Brian Shaw, Graham Usher
Act I Scene 2 (formerly Act II) Dance of the Four Swans
D Deanne Bergsma, Monica Mason, Vergie Derman, Carol Needham
Act II (formerly Act III) Dance of the Guests
D corps de ballet
Act II Spanish Dance
D Georgina Parkinson, Monica Mason, Desmond Doyle, Christopher Gable
Act II Neapolitan Dance
D Merle Park, Alexander Grant
Act III (formerly Act IV)
D Odette: Margot Fonteyn; Siegfried: David Blair; Rothbart: Keith Rosson; Swans, Cygnets: corps de ballet
FP Royal Opera House, London, 12 December 1963

NP Royal Ballet touring section; choreography revised by Frederick Ashton and John Field, with additions by Frederick
Ashton as in 1952/1963; SC Leslie Hurry:
D Odette/Odile: Nadia Nerina; Siegfried: Attilio Labis
Act I Waltz (Pas de six) (1952)
D Anya Linden, Christine Beckley, Deirdre O'Conaire, David Wall, Piers Beaumont, Jelko Yuresha
Act III Neapolitan Dance
D Shirley Grahame, Michael Coleman
Act III Spanish Dance
D Jennifer Layland, Christine Beckley, Jelko Yuresha, Richard Farley
FP Royal Opera House, London, 18 May 1965

NP Royal Ballet; the touring section's 1965 production but with
Ashton's 1965 Waltz, Pas de quatre, Neapolitan and Spanish Dances, and Act IV (formerly called Act III); from 25 October
1972 Ashton's Act IV was dropped and Ivanov's restored, Petipa's Pas de trois was restored to Act I and Ashton's Pas de quatre moved to Act III; SC Leslie Hurry:
D Odette/Odile: Antoinette Sibley; Siegfried: Anthony Dowell;
Rothbart: Derek Rencher
Pas de quatre
D Lesley Collier, Laura Connor, Michael Coleman, Robert Mead
Neapolitan Dance
D Lesley Collier, Alexander Grant
Spanish Dance
D Rosalind Eyre, Monica Mason, Robert Mead, Carl Myers
FP Royal Opera House, London, 17 February 1971

ST Ballet for All; pas de quatre (1963) only; FP Wycliffe College, Stroud, 10 October 1978

NP Royal Ballet; production by Norman Morrice; this production included the following numbers by Ashton:
Act I Waltz (1963)
Act III Pas de quatre (1963)
D Wendy Ellis, Hilary Tickner, Julian Hosking, Mark Silver
Neapolitan Dance (1952)
D Rosemary Taylor, Wayne Sleep
Spanish Dance (1963)
D Rosalind Eyre, Jacqui Tallis, Ashley Page, Stephen Sheriff
Act IV (1963)
D Odette: Lesley Collier; Siegfried: David Wall
FP Royal Opera House, London, 5 December 1979

NP Royal Ballet; production by Anthony Dowell; SC Yolanda Sonnabend; this production was first staged at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 1987, when it included none of Ashton's choreography; the Neapolitan Dance was added in 1991:
D Nicola Roberts, Simon Rice
FP Metropolitan Opera House, New York NY, 8 July 1991

By other companies:

ST Fonteyn World Tour; Neapolitan Dance, in Divertissements from Swan Lake: D Pamela Moncur, Alexander Grant; FP Herod Atticus Theatre, Athens, 9 August 1965

ST State Ballet of Turkey; Neapolitan Dance, in a production by
Dudley Tomlinson; FP National Theatre, Ankara, 29 October 1965

ST Pennsylvania Ballet; Neapolitan Dance, in Divertissements from
Swan Lake: R Christopher Newton; FP Academy of Music, Philadelphia, 20 September 1972

ST Palm Beach Festival; Neapolitan Dance only: D Antoinette Peloso, Gary Chryst; FP West Palm Beach Auditorium, Palm Beach FL, 22 March 1983

NP London Festival Ballet; production and choreography by Natalia Makarova, after Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa, with additional choreography by Frederick Ashton; S Gunther Schneider- Siemssen; C Dietmar Solt:
Act I Waltz (1963)
Act III Pas de quatre (1963)
D Andria Hall, Janette Mulligan, Koen Ouzia, Matz Skoog
Neapolitan Dance (1952)
D Karen Gee, Matz Skoog
Act IV (1963)
D Odette: Trinidad Sevillano; Siegfried: Patrick Armand
FP Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, 12 April 1988

ST Pas de quatre only: Rambert School: R Thérèse Cantine and Diana Vere;
D Saori Minamoto, Joe Monaghan, Pablo Sansalvador-Chambert, Ayako Toyama
FP Linbury Theatre of the Royal Opera House, 18 May 2004

NP English National Ballet; choreography by Derek Deane, after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov; additional choreography by Frederick Ashton; SC Peter Farmer:
Act I Waltz (1963)
Act III Pas de quatre (1963)
D Clara Barbara, Sarah McIlroy, Shi-Ning Liu, Nathan Coppen
Neapolitan Dance (1952)
D Amanda Armstrong, Yosvani Ramos;
FP Mayflower, Southampton, 16 October 2000 (preview 14 October 2000)

NP Perm Ballet; production and choreography by Natalia Makarova, after Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa, with additional choreography by Konstantin Sergeyev and Frederick Ashton; S Peter Farmer; C Galina Solovyova: Act I Waltz (1963) Act IV (1963)
D Odette: Elena Kulagina; Siegfried: Inaki Urlezaga
FP P.I.Tchaikovsky State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Perm, 13 May 2005

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