Marguerite and Armand

Marguerite and Armand
Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin
© ROH/ Tristram Kenton

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Les Patineurs

Les Patineurs
Paul Kay, Akane Takada, Yuhui Choe in the pas de trois
© ROH/ Bill Cooper

Richard Alston CBE, choreographer and Artistic Director, Richard Alston Dance Company:

"I have always been in love with the mellifluous phrasing of Ashton's language - the rise and fall of his movement, the rhythmic intricacy of his small linking steps. I especially love the sensual give in the shoulders and back, which makes the Ashton body so sculptural in three-dimensional space and, enriching all of this, the quality of humanity which imbues every ballet of his with such warmth and character.
This human touch perhaps reaches its height in small moments of a breathtaking simplicity, and in the great singing arcs of Ashton's glorious pas de deux which again and again celebrate the deeply-felt tenderness of love. Yes, I have had other teachers and other influences, but none more important to me than Sir Fred."