Frederick Ashton: The Dream, Symphonic Variations, Marguerite and Armand (DVD)

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The Royal Ballet, Emmanuel Plasson

Three contrasting ballets by The Royal Ballet’s Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton: The Dream (1964) is an enchanting adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to music by Mendelssohn.

Symphonic Variations (1946) is an early Ashton masterpiece, and a breathtaking, abstract work on the beauty of pure movement. Marguerite and Armand (1963), here danced by former Royal Ballet Principal Zenaida Yanowsky and Guest Artist Roberto Bolle, is a tragic love story of great lyric beauty. The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House is conducted by Emmanuel Plasson.

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The Dream
Akane Takada
Steven McRae

Symphonic Variations
Marianela Nuñez
Vadim Muntagirov

Marguerite and Armand
Zenaida Yanowsky
Roberto Bolle

The Royal Ballet, Emmanuel Plasson