Belfast Grand Opera House
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Sadler's Wells, London
The Lowry, Salford
Theatre Royal Plymouth
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Ashton Double bill
First Steps: a child's Swan Lake
Free pre-performance talks
Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare Triple bill
The Taming of the Shrew
Variations Triple bill (Birmingham)
Variations Triple bill (tour)
Daphnis and Chloë | The Two Pigeons
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Two uplifting stories of the survival of young love when tested to breaking-point
DAPHNIS AND CHLOË
A fantastical tale set on an island paradise in ancient Greece. A young man's
lover, taken from him then returned by a god. Struggling against his
jealous rival, Dorkon, the beautiful Lykanion's attempts to seduce him and
bands of wild Pirates, Daphnis must turn to creatures of myth and legend for
aid. When Chloë is kidnapped by the pirate leader, Bryaxis, the distraught
Daphnis has a vision of three beautiful nymphs. The Nymphs invoke the god
Pan, who rescues Chloë and reunites her with her lover.
Considered by many to be Maurice Ravel's greatest orchestral score and with
choreography by Frederick Ashton, Daphnis and Chloë is is one of the great
ballets, including The Firebird and Petrushka, from the priceless
legacy left by Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes.
'Ashton at his most inspired'
The Sunday Times
'As near balletic perfection as one can get'
The Sunday Express
Supported (2012) by the Eranda Foundation
THE TWO PIGEONS
Frederick Ashton's poignant Parisian idyll tells of a young man, growing up and
finding himself frustrated with the immaturity of his fiancée. He
flies the nest, leaving her to her tears, and falls in with a group of wild
gypsies. The young girl pursues him and battles for his heart with a gypsy
beauty. The beauty's jealous lover beats the young man to within an inch of his
life. Realising what he had given up, he returns to his apartment in
Paris, into the forgiving arms of his sweetheart.
Created shortly after his hit comedy La Fille mal gardée, Ashton's
1961 version of this romantic classic, which has been in the repertory
continuously since its original premiere in 1886, features some of his best
choreography. The closing reconciliation pas de deux, which features two live
pigeons, is a true tear-jerker and a favourite in galas the world over.
A lush romantic score by André Messager perfectly complements the drama and
emotion of the dance.
'One of the choreographer's tenderest and most poignant love stories'
The Sunday Times
'What a ravishing ballet it is'
The Financial Times
Birmingham Hobson's Choice and Spring
London Coliseum Coppélia and Spring