Frederick Ashton and His Ballets


Meditation from Thaïs*
(Opera in three acts by Louis Gallet, after a novel by Antole France)
M Jules Massenet (1894)
C Anthony Dowell
D Antoinette Sibley, Anthony Dowell
FP Gala performance, Adelphi Theatre, London, 21 March 1971

*Later called Thaïs pas de deux

ST Pacific Ballet; D Antoinette Sibley, Anthony Dowell;
FP Nourse Auditorium, San Francisco CA, 3 June 1971

ST Royal Ballet; D Antoinette Sibley, Anthony Dowell;
FP Royal Opera House, London, 14 December 1971

NP Festival of Two Worlds; as part of Celebration: The Art of the Pas de Deux, arranged by Jerome Robbins; S Rouben Ter- Arutunian; D Antoinette Sibley, Anthony Dowell:
FP Teatro Nuovo, Spoleto, 29 July 1973

ST Ballet de Nice; under the title Thaïs pas de deux; R Garry Harris: D Monique Loudières, Wilfried Romoli; FP Opéra de Nice, 8 December 1995

ST Dance Theatre of Harlem; under the title Thaïs; R Anthony Dowell; D Melissa Morrissey, Duncan Cooper; FP New York State Theater, New York NY, 9 July 2003

ST San Francisco Ballet; under the title Thaïs pas de deux: R Anthony Dowell:
D Yuan Yuan Tan, Pierre-François Vilanoba;
FP War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco CA, 13 April 2004

ST Royal Ballet/Paris Opera Ballet: R Anthony Dowell: D Leanne Benjamin, Manuel Legris;
FP Entente Cordiale gala, Opéra National de Paris, Palais Garnier, 29 September 2004

Ballet by Richard Buckle
Choreography of the 5th song by Frederick Ashton; of the first four by Geoffrey Cauley
Songs by Victor Hugo
M Franz Liszt and Hector Berlioz
S Jean Hugo after Victor Hugo, in a frame by Marie Hugo
C Jean and Marie Hugo
Oh, quand je dors
M Franz Liszt
D The Poet: Desmond Kelly; His Muse: Margot Fonteyn
FP Presented by Richard Buckle, Répétition générale for the Greatest Show on Earth, Coliseum, London, 22 June 1971

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