Ashton: The Dream / Symphonic Variations / Marguerite and Armand DVD (The Royal Ballet)


  • A wonderful trio of some of Frederick Ashton's finest ballets. The Dream is an enchanting adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream that features the enticing pairing of Akane Takada and Steven McRae as Titania and Oberon. Symphonic Variations is an early Ashton masterpiece, a breathtaking, abstract work on the beauty of pure movement that includes Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov amongst its superb cast. Finally, the tragic love story Marguerite and Armand is danced here by former Royal Ballet Principal Zenaida Yanowsky in her farewell appearance on the Covent Garden main stage, alongside the world-renowned Roberto Bolle.

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    The Dream
    Titania: Akane Takada
    Oberon: Steven McRae
    Choreographer: Frederick Ashton
    Designer: David Walker
    Lighting: John B. Read
    Music: Felix Mendelssohn
    Arrangement: John Lanchbery

    Symphonic Variations
    Marianela Nuñez, Vadim Muntagirov, Yasmine Naghdi, James Hay, Yuhui Choe, Tristan Dyer
    Choreographer: Frederick Ashton
    Designer: Sophie Fedorovitch
    Lighting: John B. Read
    Music: César Franck
    Solo piano: Paul Stobart

    Marguerite and Armand
    Marguerite: Zenaida Yanowsky
    Armand: Roberto Bolle
    Choreographer: Frederick Ashton
    Designer: Cecil Beaton
    Lighting: John B. Read

    Music: Franz Liszt
    Orchestration: Dudley Simpson
    Solo piano: Robert Clark

    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
    Conductor: Emmanuel Plasson

    Extra Features: Introduction to The Dream; Bottom on pointe; Introduction to Symphonic Variations; Interview with Zenaida Yanowsky

    Sound: LPCM 2.0, DTS Digital Surround
    Format: NTSC
    Region code: 0 (worldwide)
    Duration: 138 mins
    Year: 2017

  • The Dream

    "Steven McRae and Akane Takada portray Oberon and Titania as dangerously otherworldly creatures. Their skimmingly fast footwork and effortless jumps scintillate with light and air" The Guardian

    "Akada sparkles with Ashtonian sexiness, all orgasmic flutters and quivers. McRae is splendidly fey as Oberon, and has all the sprezzatura that taller dancers struggle to find in the part's show-off turning variations." The Arts Desk

    Symphonic Variations

    "[Symphonic Variations is] a fiercely difficult ballet to sustain, yet it’s honoured this season by some excellent performances: Marianela Nuñez reaches for both gravity and radiance, with Vadim Muntagirov her quietly impressive partner." The Guardian

    "Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov led an assured revival of Symphonic Variations, floating through the spacious, intricate steps." The Independent

    Marguerite and Armand

    "Saying farewell to the Royal Ballet after 23 years, Yanowsky shows her quality as an actress, a dancer and a star... It’s a very moving goodbye." The Independent

    "Zenaida Yanowsky gives a tremendously intense and intelligent performance as the tragic courtesan." The Stage