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The Fairy Queen (dances in the opera)

Composer: Henry Purcell
World premiere: 23 Jun 1927, Pupils of Madame Marie Rambert, Rudolf Steiner Hall, London
Work note: For their production of the opera 'The Fairy Queen', the Purcell Opera Society and Cambridge Amateur Dramatic Society invited Marie Rambert and her students to perform the dances. Author David Vaughan states that Ashton choreographed the important dances and Rambert the less important. Two of Ashton's dances were subsequently performed as 'Flight of Swans' and 'Followers of Night'. The school was not named on the programme. (The world premiere date shown on this record is for the choreography, not for the opera.)
Music title: The Fairy Queen (1692)
Music details: Live music: orchestra
Source: Programme and reference file in the Rambert Archive; Vaughan, D. 'Frederick Ashton and His Ballets' (Alfred A. Knopf, 1977)
Archive catalogue: WORK/0012

Performances

Date ↿⇂ Programme ↿⇂ Venue ↿⇂
23 Jun 1927
Evening
The Fairy Queen (dances in the opera)* Rudolf Steiner Hall, London
24 Jun 1927
Evening
The Fairy Queen (dances in the opera)* Rudolf Steiner Hall, 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
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
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
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
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
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