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Assistant Director Marion Tait was interviewed by Dick Godfrey earlier this month, for the Journal newspaper.
Speaking of the AD role which she accepted at the end of last season, the article states:
The recently-acquired honorific comes at the end of an extraordinary career with Sadler’s Wells and then BRB going back more than 40 years and including all the major classics and a clutch of works created by such choreographic luminaries as Sir Frederick Ashton and Sir Kenneth MacMillan.
I have seen Marion Tait in many of those roles. Each left an indelible memory. With her days as a dancer behind her, she still sometimes treads the boards in an acting role, to which she brings that easy to recognise but devilishly hard to define quality of “presence”.
To illustrate the author’s point, we’ve dipped into the archives to present just a few of the promotional posters on which Marion has appeared for Sadler’s Wells/Birmingham Royal Ballet, and which feature her performing roles in Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia, Giselle, La Fille mal gardée and Swan Lake.
Among the pieces we’re performing in the South of England this year is an excerpt from Frederick Ashton’s The Dream.
Based on William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the ballet features many of the famous characters, including Oberon and Titania, the Kind and Queen of the fairies. It is their romantic pas de deux which we’re dancing on this tour, in Yeoville and Truro.
In the video below you can see Company dancers Natasha Oughtred and Joseph Caley being taught the roles by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell, who created the parts when Ashton choreographed the ballet in 1964. Our Ballet Mistress Marion Tait also talks about how invaluable this personal coaching is for the dancers who you will see on this tour.
Frederick Ashton also choreographed La Fille mal gardée, sections of which appear in our programme for both the North and the South.