David Hallberg performing Frederick Ashton’s Dance of the Blessed Spirit….
Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Choreography: Frederick Ashton
Dancer: David Hallberg
Music: Christoph Willibald von Gluck’s 1774 “Orphée et Euridice,”
Frederick Ashton’s Dance of the Blessed Spirit was originally created for Sir Anthony Dowell in 1978. Sir Anthony staged the ballet on Mr. Hallberg and he is the first dancer after Sir Anthony to perform this work.
Frederick Ashton was born in 1904 and spent his childhood in South America. He studied with Leonide Massine and Marie Rambert, who also gave him his first opportunities as a choreographer.