In 1935, Ashton began his association with Margot Fonteyn, creating the Bride in Le Baiser de la Fée
for her. Among the ballets he made with her in mind are Nocturne, Sylvia, Horoscope, Dante Sonata, Symphonic Variations, Daphnis and Chloë, Ondine
and Marguerite and Armand
(for Fonteyn and Nureyev). Ashton's choreography has caused an unmistakably lyrical style to emerge in British ballet. In addition to comic and dramatic ballets and those of "pure" dance, his innate sense of theatre is always apparent.
Of his nearly 100 ballets, many have been landmarks, including Cinderella, Daphnis and Chloë, The Two Pigeons,
and Birthday Offering.
In addition to the inspiration of Fonteyn, he created The Dream
for Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell.
La Fille mal gardée
has been a brilliant success throughout the world, often mounted by Ashton himself.
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