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Ballet in one act with choreography by Ashton, libretto by Lambert, music by Liszt (orch. Gordon Jacob), and designs by Beaton. Premiered 11 Feb. 1936 by Vic-Wells Ballet at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, with Helpmann, Fonteyn, and Turner. It was inspired by Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique and its five scenes portray the quest of a romantic poet who, drugged with opium, searches for the perfect poetic expression of his love. Ashton's collaboration with Lambert and Beaton was seminal in the early development of English ballet, and this was also the first work in which he and Fonteyn established their special creative rapport. It was revived by London Festival Ballet in 1987 with Natalia Makarova.

Subjects: Dance.

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