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Special Preview

Lincoln Center Festival
Ashton Celebration
July 6-17, 2004

David Vaughan's Chronology of Ballets from his book, "Frederick Ashton and His Ballets" is now on line!

Lincoln Center is celebrating the 100th birthday of Sir Frederick Ashton this summer, presenting four companies—Birmingham Royal Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, K-Ballet, and the Royal Ballet—in 11 programs of 16 ballets. From 1949 until the late 1970s, Ashton was one of New York's favorite choreographers. For the past 30 years, though, his work has seldom been seen on this side of the Atlantic. Because many dance fans may be unfamiliar with Britain's master choreographer and his works, danceviewtimes offers a special preview section, with articles about the choreographer and his ballets. We've also included several articles, interviews and reviews about Ashton and his work that have appeared in DanceView magazine over the past decade. Scroll down for the table of contents.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to the Lincoln Center website.

Note:  we'll be adding to the section for the next several daysl. Links will be activated as the articles go up. We will also be reviewing each program and putting up the reviews as soon as possible.  Please check back frequently for new material.

Photo: Molly Smollen in "Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan".   Photo by Stephanie Berger.

(DanceView Times reviewed each night of the Celebration. Click the link for a clickable index of the reviews)

Dick Cavett interview with Sir Frederick Ashton (1981)

An Interview with Sylvie Guillem about "Marguerite and Armand"
by Ismene Brown

Looking at Ashton
by Bruce Sansom

The Right Giants
by Alexandra Tomalonis

Enigma Variations
by Mary Cargill

The Ballets
A quick guide to the works being performed at the Celebration
by Alexandra Tomalonis

Schedule of Performances



Links to the participating companies as well as articles about the ballets, and Ashton's life and work

From DanceView Magazine's Ashton Archive
(Editor's note: Several of the articles below contain references to the lack of Ashton in the then-current Royal Ballet repertory and should be read within the context of the year written. The 2004-2005 season is full of Ashton ballets. For the company's season schedule at home, click here.)

The Sunny Side of the Street
The Royal Ballet in Washington
by Mary Cargill (2001)

Ashton, 2001
by Alexandra Tomalonis (2001)

A Conversation with Alexander Grant
working with, and staging, Ashton
by Jane Simpson (2000)

Ondine Revisited
by David Vaughan (1999)

La Fille Bien Élevée
Ashton in the Royal Ballet repertory, 1998-99 season
by David Vaughan (1999)

An Ashton Celebration
A report on the 1995 Ashton Conference by his biographer
by David Vaughan (1995)

Can This Choreographer Be Saved?
A report on the 1995 Ashton Conference, and some questions
by Mary Cargill (1995)

Ashton Now and Then
A look at how the Royal Ballet was dancing Ashton in the early 1990s
by Kathrine Sorley Walker (1994)

Working with Ashton on Romeo and Juliet
A Conversation with Henning Kronstam
by Alexandra Tomalonis (1994)

Originally published:
Volume 2, Ashton Preview Section
July 19, 2004

Copyright ©2004 by Alexandra Tomalonis


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