Nymphs and Shepherds

Alternative title: Suite de Danses
World premiere: 23 Jul 1927, Pupils of Madame Marie Rambert, New Scala Theatre, London
Work note: First performed as 'Suite de Danses' at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing's Annual Dance Festival. In 1928, the title became 'Nymphs and Shepherds', likely to denote an extended version of the original. The Dancing Times referred to the ballet as 'Galanteries' or 'Les Petits Riens' (the music's title), although these were not the titles given on the programmes. Later programmes credit Frederick Ashton as the choreographer of the duet 'Gavotte Sentimentale'.
Music title: Les Petits Riens (1767)
Music details: Live music: piano
Source: Programme and reference file in the Rambert Archive; Vaughan, D. 'Frederick Ashton and His Ballets' (Alfred A. Knopf, 1977)
Archive catalogue: WORK/0016

Performances

Date ↿⇂ Programme ↿⇂ Venue ↿⇂
23 Jul 1927
Evening
Pas de Deux* | Suite de Danses* | Argentine Dance* New Scala Theatre, London
9 Mar 1928
Matinee
Russian Dance* | Flight of Swans | The Warrior* | Chinese Dance | The Top* | Followers of Night | Cygnets* | Menuet* | Mannequin | Pas de Deux* | Mazurka* | Doll* | Nymphs and Shepherds | A la ''Biches''* | Mazurka Finale* The Arts Theatre Club, London
9 Mar 1928
Evening
Russian Dance* | Flight of Swans | The Warrior* | Chinese Dance | The Top* | Followers of Night | Cygnets* | Menuet* | Mannequin | Pas de Deux* | Mazurka* | Doll* | Nymphs and Shepherds | A la ''Biches''* | Mazurka Finale* The Arts Theatre Club, London
10 Mar 1928
Time unknown
Russian Dance | Flight of Swans | The Warrior | Followers of Night | Mannequin | Mannequin and Her Beau | Nymphs and Shepherds Mercury Theatre, London
8 Oct 1928
Evening
Prelude: Movements from French Suite No. 5 (Bach) | Queen Swan | The Warrior | Chinese Porcelain | Lusinghe piu care (Handel) | I attempt from Love's sickness to fly (Purcell) | Fairest Isle (Purcell) | Nymph and Shepherd | Serenade (Brahms) | Russian Court Dance* | Rus Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich
21 Dec 1928
Evening
Danse Chinoise | Columbine | Variation | Variation | Cygnets | Colibri | Fée Dragée | Blue Bird | Variation | Red Riding Hood | La Pomme d'Or (The Temptation) | Nymphs and Shepherds (Suite de Danses) | Mannequin and her Beau | Rigaudon* | Polka* | The Russian Peasant* | Warrior Century Theatre, London
25 Feb 1930
Matinee
Leda and the Swan* | Entrée de Cupidon | Gavotte Joyeuse | Gavotte Sentimentale | L'Indifferent | Flight of Swans | Russian Peasant | Mannequin | The Ballet of Mars and Venus | Capriol Suite* | Our Lady's Juggler* Lyric Hammersmith, London
25 Feb 1930
Matinee
Leda and the Swan* | Entrée de Cupidon | Gavotte Joyeuse | Gavotte Sentimentale | L'Indifferent | Flight of Swans | Russian Peasant | Mannequin | The Ballet of Mars and Venus | Capriol Suite* | Our Lady's Juggler* Lyric Hammersmith, London
25 Feb 1930
Matinee
Leda and the Swan* | Entrée de Cupidon | Gavotte Joyeuse | Gavotte Sentimentale | L'Indifferent | Flight of Swans | Russian Peasant | Mannequin | The Ballet of Mars and Venus | Capriol Suite* | Our Lady's Juggler* Lyric Hammersmith, London
25 Feb 1930
Matinee
Leda and the Swan* | Entrée de Cupidon | Gavotte Joyeuse | Gavotte Sentimentale | L'Indifferent | Flight of Swans | Russian Peasant | Mannequin | The Ballet of Mars and Venus | Capriol Suite* | Our Lady's Juggler* Lyric Hammersmith, London
20 Apr 1931
Evening
Les Sylphides | Le Cricket | Adagio from Lac des Cygnes | L'Après-midi d'un faune* | Gavotte Sentimentale | The Circus Girl* | Scherzo* | La Belle Ecuyère* | Mazurka des Hussars | Mars and Venus Mercury Theatre, London
15 Jun 1931
Evening
Les Sylphides | Mars and Venus | Waterloo and the Crimea* | L'Après-midi d'un faune | Gavotte Sentimentale | Russian Pedlar | La Belle Ecuyère | Variation from ''Swan Lake'' | Circus Dance | Mannequin | Farrucca | Mademoiselle Maupin | Mazurka Finale Lyric Hammersmith, London
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