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Ballet in one act with choreography and costumes by Ashton, and music by Satie. Premiered 24 Mar. 1965 by the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden with Lorrayne, Dowell, and Mead. Originally an abstract pas de trois set to Satie's Trois gymnopédies, it was such a success that Ashton added a second half (set to Satie's Trois gnossiennes) which was premiered 25 Apr. 1966 with Sibley, Georgina Parkinson, and Brian Shaw. The two parts are usually performed together as Monotones I and II (with Monotones II being the original pas de trois). Monotones II is for two men and one woman in white, while Monotones I is for one man and two women in green. The work, a fine piece of classical adagio writing, has been taken into the repertoires of the Joffrey Ballet (1974), the Australian Ballet (1975), the San Francisco Ballet (1981), and Morphoses (2008).

Subjects: Dance.


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