Ashton Celebration (DVD) – Royal Ballet

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Ashton Celebration (DVD) – Royal Ballet
The Royal Ballet Dances Frederick Ashton
Release Date: October 29, 2013
Conductor: Emmanuel Plasson
Artists: Royal Ballet
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Label: BBC/Opus
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region: Region Free, Worldwide
Run Time: 99 minutes

This special ballet extravaganza was performed to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of renowned choreographer Frederick Ashton. Five Ashton works are presented: La Valse, Meditation from Thais, Voices of Spring, Monotones, and Marguerite and Armand.



In classic or contemporary ballet, dancing may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music in movement. Ballet as part of staged performances originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries and from there spread to France. The creation of classical ballet as we know it today occurred during the reign of the art-loving French king Louis XIV in the mid-17th century. During the Romantic era, ballet technique evolved to express new ideas, most notably with women dancing en point, or on their toes, allowing them to appear weightless and otherworldly.
Among the choreographers who helped bring ballet into the modern age by exploring new visual and dramatic styles are George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and—bridging the worlds of classical dance and Broadway—Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins.



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