Extract from: https://australianballet.com.au/behind-ballet/elysian-bliss-the-kingdom-of-the-shades In Act III of La Bayadere, something remarkable happens. The gilded exoticism, the heated passions, the murderous intrigues recede, leaving the stage clear for a pristine display of classicism that hints at the perfection of heaven. This scene – known as the Kingdom of the Shades – is revered in ballet circles […]
Extract from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dream_(ballet) The Dream is a one-act ballet adapted from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with choreography by Frederick Ashton to music by Mendelssohn arranged by John Lanchbery. It was premiered by The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on 2 April 1964 in a triple bill with Kenneth MacMillan’s Images of Love and Robert Helpmann’s Hamlet. Plot Four young Athenians, Hermia and Lysander and Helena and Demetrius, are in romantic turmoil. Hermia […]
La valse, poème chorégraphique pour orchestre (a choreographic poem for orchestra), is a work written by Maurice Ravel between February 1919 and 1920; it was first performed on 12 December 1920 in Paris. It was conceived as a ballet but is now more often heard as a concert work. Frederick Ashton also created a La valse ballet in 1958 for The Royal Ballet.
Dr. Coppélius is a doctor who has made a life-size dancing doll. It is so lifelike that Franz, a village youth, becomes infatuated with it and sets aside his heart’s true desire, Swanhilda. She shows him his folly by dressing as the doll, pretending to make it come to life and ultimately saving him from an untimely end at the hands of the inventor.