Royal Ballet: Ashton mixed programme review – two sides of a sublime choreographer

Royal Opera House, London
Vadim Muntagirov and Lauren Cuthbertson dance a sparky revival of The Two Pigeons, while Monotones expands magically beyond ballet’s minimal means

Frederick Ashton still ranks as one of the most imaginative, protean voices in the British Romantic tradition. There could hardly be two ballets more diametrically opposed than those which make up the Royal’s current double bill – Monotones I and II, with its limpid restraint, and The Two Pigeons, with its whirl of colour and melodrama. Yet at the core of both is a belief in the sublime, a reaching for transcendence that’s key to Ashton’s choreographic vision.

Related: Flights of fancy: the Royal Ballet’s romantic Two Pigeons – in pictures

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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