"Scenes de Ballet," "Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan,"
"Symphonic Variations," "A Month in the Country"
Choreographer: Frederick Ashton
The Royal Ballet
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
18 October – 14 November 2014
by Judith Cruikshank
copyright 2014 by Judith Cruikshank
An evening of Ashton. You might imagine that this would be a regular occurrence at the Royal Opera House, but not so. The founder choreo-grapher seems to be more honoured in his absence than by frequent performances of his ballets. So I'm happy to report that unlike most of the other programmes in the first part of the Royal Ballet season (the exception is Alice in Wonderland) there were no cut price offers or noticeable empty seats.
The evening offered three substantial ballets and one pièce d'occasion; “Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan”. “Scenes de Ballet” is a lovely piece and said to be the choreographer's favourite. It demands considerable precision from the corps de ballet, a quality somewhat lacking at both the performances I saw. I would however except both the male quartets who were bang on the nail.
Photo: Yasmine Naghdi, Vadim Muntagirov, Marianela Nunez and Yuhui Choe in "Symphonic Variations."