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A Tragedy of Fashion or, The Scarlet Scissors (1926)

A Ballet by Ashley Dukes

M Music by
S Scenery by
C Costumes by
D Danced by
FP First performance
NP New production
R Reproduced by
ST Staging (indicates that the ballet was produced in substantially its original form)

M Eugene Goossens, arranged by Ernest Irving (Kaleidoscope, for piano, opus 18)
SC F.E.D. (Sophie Fedorovitch)

D Monsieur Duchic (a costumier): Frederick Ashton; Orchidée (his partner): Marie Rambert; Model 'Rose d'Ispahan': Frances James; Model 'Désir du Cygne': Elizabeth Vincent; The Viscountess Viscosa: Esme Biddle; The Viscount Viscosa OBE: W Earle Grey
FP Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, 15 June 1926

NP Mayfair Company of English Dancers; solo for M Duchic only, under the title Youth - 'The Swaggerer'
D Frederick Ashton
FP Royal Academy of Music, London, 29 November 1926

NP Pupils of Marie Rambert; solo for Rose d'Ispahan only, under the title Mannequin Dance
D Diana Gould
FP Arts Theatre Club, London, 9 March 1928

(At a performance by Diana Gould and Harold Turner at the Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 8 October 1928, the programme included a short suite called Mannequin and her Beau, in three parts - She, He, and Pas de deux - of which the first was Mannequin Dance. Later, they sometimes danced the Pas de deux as a pendant to her solo, but according to Marie Rambert she herself arranged this. Mannequin Dance was included in the divertissements at the first performance by the Marie Rambert Dancers at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, 25 January 1930, and thereafter)

NP Ballet Rambert; solo for Rose d'Ispahan only, under the title Mannequin Dance; R Frederick Ashton and Diana Gould
D Sara Matthews
FP Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 11 June 1986