RAD screens Frederick Ashton film

Published: 12 May 2023
Reporter: Vera Liber

Still from Links in the Chain. Francesca Hayward and Wayne Eagling Credit: The Frederick Ashton Foundation

The Royal Academy of Dance will host a special screening of a film celebrating choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton on 16 May at its HQ in London.

Created by filmmaker Lynne Wake, Frederick Ashton: Links in the Chain was commissioned by The Frederick Ashton Foundation in 2021 to mark its 10th anniversary and features historic footage and interviews with stars of The Royal Ballet, past and present.

The event will also feature a Q&A with a panel featuring Vadim Muntagirov (principal dancer, The Royal Ballet), Francesca Hayward (principal dancer, The Royal Ballet), Lynn Wallis (former Artistic Director, RAD), Lynne Wake and Christopher Nourse (Executive Director, Frederick Ashton Foundation).

As founder choreographer and later director of The Royal Ballet, Ashton created more than a hundred ballets, and his works are in the repertory of many companies throughout the world.

Christopher Nourse said, “Sir Frederick Ashton was and continues to be an exceptional figure in the ballet world, and has inspired generations of dancers. We are delighted to be bringing this special film to the RAD’s London headquarters and look forward to celebrating Ashton’s enduring brilliance at this event.”

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