Frederick Ashton, the Ballet and Suffolk
When: 19 May-9 October 2011
Where: Ipswich Town Hall Gallery and Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich
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Frederick Ashton, Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet, was proud of his roots in Yaxley, Suffolk. This Royal Opera House exhibition celebrates his Suffolk links, his career with The Royal Ballet and the influence of his native countryside on his ballets.
Ipswich Town Hall Gallery 3: Ashton's long career with The Royal Ballet is recalled in a photographic exhibition, while post-World War II life behind the scenes at the Royal Opera House is evoked in a recreation of Margot Fonteyn's dressing-room. Set and costume designs include those by Sophie Fedorovitch for Dante Sonata and John Piper for The Quest, plus costumes from La Fille mal gardée, including Stanley Holden's clogs. Some of the material on display belonged to Ashton and has never been seen before.
Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich: Two displays of costumes from Ashton's ballets are exhibited in the historic room settings. They include his production of Cinderella, with costumes worn by Margot Fonteyn, Michael Somes, Robert Helpmann and Ashton himself and nine costumes from Tales of Beatrix Potter.
This event is a partnership project between the Royal Opera House, Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service and DanceEast's Jerwood DanceHouse.