Ashton, Sir Frederick

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Ashton, Sir Frederick

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1904 - 1988


Frederick William Mallandaine Ashton was born September 17, 1904 in Guayaquil, Equador. He studied dance with Leonide Fedorovich Massine and Dame Marie Rambert. His choreographic work was A Tragedy of Fashion, which was created in 1926 for a Hammersmith revue. He danced with the Rubinstein Company from 1928 to 1929, but afterwards chose to continue his choreographic career and choreographed for Ballet Club and Camargo Society until he became the chief choreographer of the Vic-Wells Ballet in 1935. He was appointed its associate director in 1952 and served as the director from 1963 until his retirement in 1970. He has also choreographed for the films Tales of Hoffman and Tales of Beatrix Potter.
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet has five of his ballets in their repertoire. These include Les Patineurs, Façade, The Dream, Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isabella Duncan, and Thaïs. He received the Order of the British Empire in 1950, and was knighted in 1962. Britain also awarded him a Companion of Honour in 1970, the Order of Merit in 1977, and the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award from the Royal Academy of Dance in 1959. He also received the Legion of Honour from France, in 1960 and the Order of Dannebrog from Denmark, in 1964. Honorary doctorates were conferred on him from the universities of Durham, East Anglia, London , Hull, and Oxford . Sir Frederick Ashton passed away August 18, 1988 in Eye, Suffolk, England.


Guayaquil, Equador (born)
London, England (chief choreographer, associate director)
Winnipeg, Manitoba (choreographed)

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