• The Dream
    Alina Cojocaru as Titania and Jonathan Howells as Bottom
    © ROH/ Johan Persson
  • The Dream
    Alina Cojocaru as Titania
    © ROH/ Johan Persson
  • The Dream
    Alina Cojocaru as Titania and Steven McRae as Oberon
    © ROH/ Johan Persson

Welcome to The Frederick Ashton Foundation, which exists to perpetuate the legacy and work of the English choreographer Frederick Ashton (1904 - 1988)



Frederick Ashton is a towering figure in the development of classical ballet, one of the world's greatest and most distinctive choreographers and a principal architect of 20th century classical ballet. Founder Choreographer and later Director of The Royal Ballet, he created over one hundred ballets, principally for The Royal Ballet, including A Month in the Country, The Dream, Enigma Variations, Monotones, Cinderella, Symphonic Variations, Daphnis and Chloe, La Fille mal gardee, Facade, Les Patineurs, Les Rendezvous, Ondine, Rhapsody, Scenes de ballet, La Valse, Marguerite and Armand, The Two Pigeons, A Wedding Bouquet and Dante Sonata. Ashton's works are in the repertory of many companies throughout the world.

This website provides an introduction to Frederick Ashton and his ballets and directs the visitor towards further information about his work. The Frederick Ashton Foundation works alongside The Royal Ballet (www.roh.org.uk) and the Ashton Ballet Owners.

Rhapsody

Rhapsody
Steven McRae
© ROH/ Tristram Kenton

Mark Morris, Choreographer and Artistic Director, Mark Morris Dance Company:


"Ashton's dances are structurally impeccable, full of surprises, lively, specific, and so refined that it hurts to watch them. They have a gentle kindness, lively wit and passionate abandon. The Dream, Symphonic Variations, Cinderella, La Fille mal gardee: all unimprovable. Perfect, with great strength and a quivering fragility."