Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
Tuesday January 26
This delightful Frederick Ashton double bill opens with his setting of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, using the music’s dark turbulence and brilliance to inspire some of his most thrilling choreography.
Frederick Ashton, Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet, defined the English style. Created for Mikhail Baryshnikov, it is a celebration of the male virtuoso – though Ashton also endows the Principal female role with choreography of breathtaking clarity and speed. Witty, impassioned and sublime this ballet was the pinnacle of Ashton’s romantic style.
The second half of the programme features Ashton’s delicate, deceptively comic The Two Pigeons – a work rarely performed and a real treat for ballet fans everywhere. In his story of a wayward young man blind to the value of what is right in front of him, Ashton explores the nature of love in one of his most charming, elegant and moving works.
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