Yet Christopher Newton, one-time ballet master under Ashton, was undeterred. Newton, who once danced in Sylvia during the 1950s, actually relished the fact that reconstructing this Arcadian beauty would depend to some extent on the powers of his own memory. Plus, by some lucky fluke, Newton had kept his own handwritten notes of the Sylvia choreography. In addition, the costume designs were considered lost until, after listening to Newton's descriptions, a costume supervisor recalled seeing something similar in The Royal Ballet's archives, uncovering the designs in a mislabeled box. Fortunately, there also were paintings and photographic records of the original lavish sets by Robin and Christopher Ironside.
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