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The Royal Ballet.

Author: John Tooley
Edition/Format:   Article : English
Publication:Ballet review. v. 28, no. 3 (fall 2000), p. 34-65.
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Discusses the history of England's Royal Ballet, then known as the Sadler's Wells Ballet, beginning with it's 1945 move to the Royal Opera House. Topics include: long-time director Ninette de Valois, the company's opening production of Sleeping beauty, conductor Constant Lambert's and administrator David Webster's roles in developing the company in its new theater, the company's performance style, Sol Hurok's
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Named Person: Ninette De Valois; Constant Lambert; David Lumsden Webster, Sir; Margot Fonteyn; Frederick Ashton; Rudolf Nureyev; Sol Hurok; Kenneth MacMillan; John Cranko; Peter Wright; Norman Morrice; Anthony Dowell
Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: John Tooley
OCLC Number: 47086404
Notes: Includes an excerpt from John Tooley's In house: Covent Garden, 50 years of opera and ballet. Sir John Tooley was General Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1970-1988.

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Discusses the history of England's Royal Ballet, then known as the Sadler's Wells Ballet, beginning with it's 1945 move to the Royal Opera House. Topics include: long-time director Ninette de Valois, the company's opening production of Sleeping beauty, conductor Constant Lambert's and administrator David Webster's roles in developing the company in its new theater, the company's performance style, Sol Hurok's presentation of the company in its first American tour in 1949, dancer Margot Fonteyn, Frederick Ashton's choreography for the company, Serge Grigoriev's mounting of the ballet Firebird in 1954, the company's name change from Sadler's Wells Ballet to Royal Ballet in Oct. 1956, the dance partnership between Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, choreographers Kenneth MacMillan and John Cranko, de Valois' retirement in 1963 and her continued involvement with the company and school.

Ashton's appointment as company director, MacMillan's Song of the earth, Antony Tudor's Shadowplay, Nureyev's production of Nutcracker in 1968, Ashton's retirement as director in 1970 and MacMillan's succession, Peter Wright's role in the company, MacMillan's ballets Anastasia and Manon, the Royal Ballet's restricted performing opportunities at Covent Garden and its attempts to perform regularly and for larger audiences, MacMillan's resignation in 1976 and the appointment of Norman Morrice as director, Morrice's encouragement of young choreographers, the financial importance of the Royal Ballet's touring in the United States, Morrice's resignation in 1985 and the appointment of company dancer Anthony Dowell, and commentary on the future of the company.

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