Frederick Ashton, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Frederick Ashton

British dancer and choreographer

Date of Birth: 17-Sep-1904

Place of Birth: Guayaquil, Guayas Province, Ecuador

Date of Death: 18-Oct-1988

Profession: screenwriter, ballet dancer, choreographer, dancer

Nationality: United Kingdom

Zodiac Sign: Virgo

About Frederick Ashton

  • Sir Frederick William Mallandaine Ashton (17 September 1904 – 18 August 1988) was a British ballet dancer and choreographer.
  • He also worked as a director and choreographer in opera, film and revue. Determined to be a dancer, despite the opposition of his conventional middle-class family, Ashton was accepted as a pupil by Léonide Massine and then by Marie Rambert.
  • In 1926 Rambert encouraged him to try his hand at choreography, and though he continued to dance professionally, with success, it was as a choreographer that he became famous. Ashton was chief choreographer to Ninette de Valois, from 1935 until her retirement in 1963, in the company known successively as the Vic-Wells Ballet, the Sadler's Wells Ballet and the Royal Ballet.
  • He succeeded de Valois as director of the company, serving until his own retirement in 1970. Ashton is widely credited with the creation of a specifically English genre of ballet.
  • Among his best-known works are Façade (1931), Symphonic Variations (1946), Cinderella (1948), La fille mal gardée (1960), Monotones I and II (1965), Enigma Variations (1968) and the feature film ballet The Tales of Beatrix Potter (1970).

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