Les Rendezvous

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Ballet in one act with choreography by Ashton, music by Auber (from the opera L'Enfant prodigue, arr. Lambert), and design by Chappell. Premiered 5 Dec. 1933 by Vic-Wells Ballet at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, with Markova, Idzikowski, de Valois, S. Judson, and Helpmann. This witty, lighthearted series of divertissements shows a group of young men and women meeting in a park and its technical brio, musicality, and above all its expression of dance for dance's sake marked a significant stage in the evolution of Ashton's personal classical style. It has undergone several revisions (the last c.1947) and has been revived for several companies including National Ballet of Canada (1956) and American Ballet Theatre (1980). It was filmed for the BBC in 1962 and revived by the Royal Ballet in 2000 with new designs by Antony Ward.

Subjects: Dance.

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