'The steps say the words': Antoinette Sibley on dancing Shakespeare's Dream

‘The ballet really gets over the difference between the supernatural people and the human characters,’ says Antoinette Sibley, who in 1964 danced Titania opposite Anthony Dowell’s Oberon in The Dream by Frederick Ashton

The Dream was the first ballet that Frederick Ashton created for Anthony Dowell and myself. In fact, the first ballet we’d ever danced together. Ashton had never created anything important on me – he really worked with Margot Fonteyn – and Anthony didn’t realise how huge it was.

I was Titania, proud Titania – that’s the first thing said about her. She’s queen of the fairies, and Oberon (Anthony) was king. We started with the pas de deux, rather than at the beginning of the ballet, which is where we argue over the Indian boy. We get together at the end with this amazing pas de deux – I think it’s one of the longest pas de deux actually, it’s six or eight minutes long.

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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