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Scènes de Ballet

Frederick Ashton (1947) 

From revered choreographer Frederick Ashton comes Scènes de Ballet. Set to the sophisticated eponymous Stravinsky score, the work famously makes use of geometric floor and figure patterns by way of Euclid’s theorems in a piece of perfect precision that means the ballet can be viewed and enjoyed from any angle. Ashton claimed this was his favourite of his own works. 

This purely classical ballet is as elegant and chic as it is astute, and was originally designed by André Beaurepaire, a young Frenchman who was heavily influenced by Picasso. Ashton adapted the original designs to include a twist of the baroque and the final work sees the ballerinas in tutus of lemon and blue, with double-strand pearls and sharp black berets to dramatic visual effect.


Choreography: Frederick Ashton
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Design: André Beaurepaire


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What the Press Said 

“Dazzling precision - 4*”
The Herald 

“Opening with Ashton’s evergreen Scènes de Ballet is a masterstroke... The dancers move in beautiful and perfect opposition to each other. - 5*”
The Daily Telegraph 


Geometry and Grace tour 2010 

(performed with Caniparoli's Still Life and Page's Fearful Symmetries)

Theatre Royal Glasgow
Thu 16 - Sat 18 September 2010
Edinburgh Festival Theatre
Thu 23 - Sat 25 September 2010
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen 
Fri 1 - Sat 2 October 2010
Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
Fri 8 - Sat 9 October 2010

Edinburgh International Festival 2009

(performed with Forsythe's Workwithinwork and Spink's Petrushka)

Edinburgh Playhouse
4-5 September 2009

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