Tales of Beatrix Potter

Tales of Beatrix Potter
Jeremy Fisher
© ROH/ Bill Cooper


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Ashton: Four of the Best
A section with footage from each of : Symphonic Variations, Scènes de Ballet, A Month in the Country, Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan.

Dancing in the Blitz - Dante Sonata
Jenna Roberts and Iain Mackay from Birmingham Royal Ballet recreate Sir Frederick Ashton's white pas de deux from his ballet Dante Sonata. Henry Danton comments on this clip as do Jane Pritchard and Julia Farron.

Dancing In The Blitz - Symphonic Variations
Henry Danton watching the BFI footage of Symphonic Variations and commenting on it.

Francesca Hayward's 'Fred Step'
A demonstration of the Fred Step by Francesca Hayward.

Frederick Ashton: A Genius of the Dance
Filmed profile of Ashton with contributions from: Christopher Carr, Steven McRae, Kevin O'Hare, Margot Fonteyn and Ashton himself talking about Pavlova, Margot Fonteyn, how he rehearsed and the stress he felt. Also footage of him and Margot Fonteyn doing the Fred Step.

Fred Steps
Various extracts of the Fred Step being performed including Ashton in Cinderella, Ashton with Margot Fonteyn and an extract from A Month in the Country.


PDF: BBC Television items click here
PDF: In the Dance Collection, British Film Institute click here
PDF: In the Dance Collection, Huntley Archives click here
PDF: In the Dance Collection, New York Public Library click here

Scenes de ballet

Scènes de ballet
© ROH/ Johan Persson

Margaret Barbieri, former Principal, Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet:

"I always knew how fortunate and privileged I was to dance so many of Sir Fred's ballets and be coached by him, and now I feel honoured to be staging several of his ballets. Each time I see his ballet come to life, I realize more and more what a genius he was and what a loss it is that he is no longer with us, to enrich our lives with his moving, amusing or pure abstract ballets.
There is such diversity to his choreography, but what his ballets all have in common is his infinite musicality, elegant and beautiful movement, quick and tricky footwork, his love of epaulment and the use of body, together with his eloquence in etching the character of each role, which can make the audience laugh or cry."