Ballet in one act with choreography by Ashton, music by Chopin (arr. Lanchbery), and designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman. Premiered 12 Feb. 1976 by the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, with Seymour, Dowell, Grant, Rencher, Denise Nunn, and Sleep. Ashton based his ballet on Turgenev's play and its story of the tangled relations between Natalia Petrovna, her young ward Vera, and the handsome tutor Beliaev. Ashton's ballet, which gave Lynn Seymour one of the finest roles of her career, is a subtle and moving portrait of an older woman hopelessly attracted to a younger man.