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Hommage to Frederick Ashton

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Last season, Covent Garden honored one of its most prolific choreographers, Frederick Ashton, by many considered the English choreographer par excellence. I was in one of the mixed programs in which the Royal Ballet presented La Valse, Voices of Spring, Monotones and Marguerite et Armand.

For a long time I have considered La Valse as one of the 20th century most sophisticated ballets. Ravel‘s music, initially conceived for ballet, which now can be found as a concert version, is definitely a tribute to the waltz. Because of both, the music and the choreography, which affects the collaboration between the dancers too, I moved to a room full of Viennese couples waltzing in which no one in particular stands out. The interpretation was not disappointing at all. So it was, again, a wonderful experience.

Marguerite et Armand was created in 1963 for Rudolf…

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