La Valse 13:06
Choreography Frederick Ashton – all ballets
Music Maurice Ravel
Designs André Levasseur
Lighting design John B Read – all ballets
A large corps de ballet whirls across the stage and three couples dance pas de deux, evoking a nostalgic vision of a 19th-century ballroom. Maurice Ravel’s score was commissioned by Serge Diaghilev for the Ballets Russes. Diaghilev never used the score – claiming it was not a ballet but ‘the portrait of a ballet’.
Méditation from Thaïs 06:06
Music Jules Massenet
Costume designs Anthony Dowell
Dancer Benjamin Hristov
A pas de deux for two soloists perfectly matches the evocative sounds of Jules Massenet’s Méditation religieuse from his opera Thaïs (1894)
Voices of Spring 04:50
Music Johann Strauss II
Costume designs Julia Trevelyan Oman
Dancers Choe Zucchetti
A ballerina and her partner follow the swirling melodies of Johann Strauss II’s Frühlingsstimmen waltz with show-stopping choreography.
Monotones 1 and 11 07:30 + 09:00
Music Erik Satie
Designs Frederick Ashton
These two short, non-narrative ballets each present an extended pas de trois that is perfectly matched to Satie’s haunting piano music.
Marguerite and Armand 32:08
Music Franz Liszt Piano Sonata in B Minor
Designs Cecil Beaton
Marguerite – Tamara Rojo, Armand – Sergei Polunin
As Marguerite – a Parisian courtesan – lies on her deathbed, she recalls her tragic love affair with Armand in a feverish series of flashbacks.
C R E D I T S
Directed for the screen by
MIKE Le FEVRE
© Royal Opera House 2013