The Tartans (Dances on a Scottish Theme)

Choreographer: Frederick Ashton
Composer: William Boyce
Music arranger: Constant Lambert
Costume designer: William Chappell
Rambert premiere: 31 Dec 1931, Ballet Club, Mercury Theatre, London
World premiere: 10 Dec 1930, Arts Theatre Club, London, United Kingdom
Work note: The world premiere, with the title 'Dances on a Scotch Theme', took place in 'A Masque of Poetry and Music: Beauty, Truth and Rarity' presented by Arnold L. Haskell.
Number of dancers: 1 woman, 2 men
Music title: Selections from Eight Symphonies (1780)
Music details: Live music: piano
Source: Programme in the Rambert Archive; Vaughan, D. 'Frederick Ashton and His Ballets' (Alfred A. Knopf, 1977)
Archive catalogue: WORK/0052


Date Programme Venue
31 Dec 1931
La Péri (The Flower of Immortality) | Constanza's Lament (from ''The Good-humoured Ladies'') | Dances from ''Cross-Garter'd'' | A Florentine Picture | Dances from ''Carnaval'' | Le Rugby | Dances on a Scottish Theme | Le Lac des Cygnes Mercury Theatre, London
4 Feb 1932
La Péri | Mr Roll's Military Quadrilles* | A Florentine Picture | Constanza's Lament* | Saudade do Brésil | Pompette* | Le Rugby | The Tartans (Dances on a Scottish Theme) | Les Sylphides Mercury Theatre, London
9 Oct 1932
The Garden | Prelude in B minor (Rachmaninov) | Prelude in G major (Rachmaninov) | L'Après-midi d'un faune | Foyer de Danse* | Le Spectre de la Rose | American Sailor (from 'Les Matelots')* | The Shepherd's Wooing (from 'The Gods go a-begging') | The Tartans (Danc Mercury Theatre, London
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