Marguerite and Armand

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Ballet in one act with choreography and libretto by Ashton, music by Liszt (arr. Humphrey Searle), and designs by Cecil Beaton. Premiered 12 Mar. 1963 by the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, with Fonteyn, Nureyev, and Somes. Based on the 1848 novel by Alexandre Dumas fils, La Dame aux camélias (which also inspired Verdi's opera La traviata), it tells the story of the dying Marguerite Gautier in flashback through five pas de deux. This was Ashton's last full ballet for Fonteyn. She and Nureyev performed it frequently around the world. It was revived by the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden in 2000 with Sylvie Guillem inheriting the Fonteyn role.

Subjects: Dance.

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