‘La Valse’, ‘Meditation’ from Thais’, ‘Voices of Spring’, ‘Monotones
I and II’, ‘Marguerite and Armand’
The Royal Ballet
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
15 February 2013
copyright 2013 by Judith Cruickshank
At last, the Royal Ballet has offered us a complete programme of works by its founder choreographer, Frederick Ashton. That’s certainly something to be glad about. I hope I won’t seem too grudging if I say that I find the choice of ballets rather lightweight, presenting Ashton as primarily a choreographer of pretty bonbons. But even in his slightest pieces he shows a sure hand and exquisite sensibility.