Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan

Choreographer: Frederick Ashton
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Costume designer: David Dean
Lighting designer: John Anderton
World premiere: 15 Jun 1976, Ballet Rambert, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
Work note: Dedication: 'Dedicated to Marie Rambert who shared my admiration for Isadora Duncan'. The programme for the world premiere at Ballet Rambert's 50th Birthday Performance incorrectly gave the title as four rather than five Brahms waltzes. Frederick Ashton originally choreographed waltz No. 15 for Lynn Seymour to perform at the Nijinsky Gala held by Staatsoper, Hamburg, Germany, on 22 June 1975.
Number of dancers: 1 woman
Revival credits: 1983 and 1986 revivals: Staged by Lynn Seymour; Lighting designer: John B. Read
2004 revival: Restaged by Lynn Seymour; Lighting recreated by: Malcolm Glanville
Music title: Waltzes, Opus 39 (1865): Nos. 1, 2, 8, 10, 13, 15
Music details: Live music: piano
Music note: The first waltz is played as a prelude before the dancer begins.
Source: Programme and reference file in the Rambert Archive
Archive catalogue: WORK/0269
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