Ashley Page OBE

Choreographer

Ashley Page OBE

Ashley trained at the Royal Ballet Lower and Upper Schools, and went on to join the Royal Ballet Company, being promoted to Principal Dancer in 1984.

Honorary Doctorate of Drama, from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 2012

Artistic Director Scottish Ballet 2002 - 2012

Awards
Time Out Award for Best New Dance Production Fearful Symmetries, 1994
Olivier Award for best dance production for Fearful Symmetries, 1995
TMA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance, 2004
Herald Angel Award for Scottish Ballet Dances Balanchine, Edinburgh Festival, 2005
Herald Archangel of the Edinburgh Festivals 2011

2011 CRITICS’ CIRCLE NATIONAL DANCE AWARDS
De Valois Award For Outstanding Achievement

Nominations
Olivier Ward for best new dance production Room of Cooks, Royal Ballet, 1999
South Bank Show 2006 for Ashley Page, himself
Critic's Circle Award for Outstanding Repertoire for Scottish Ballet, 2006 - 2011
TMA Award for Scottish Ballet's performances of William Forsythe's Workwithinwork, 2010

2014
New Year's Concert

Vienna (Televised by Osterreichischer RundFunk )

Ein Reigen Vienna State Ballet at the Volksoper
Design: Antony McDonald
New Ballet Tulsa Ballet Theatre, USA
La Boheme

Nevill Holt Opera
Set & Costume Design: Simon Holdsworth

2013
Guide to Strange Places (revival) San Francisco Ballet
If Memory Serves/Courting the Senses

Royal Ballet of Flanders and Aldeburgh Music at Snape Maltings - 2 short pieces for the Britten Dances program for the centenary celebration of Benjamin Britten's birth

'Death In Venice also haunts Ashley Page’s If Memory Serves, a setting of Young Apollo, originally created for Royal Ballet of Flanders, which conjures the beautiful boys on the Lido beach and the piercing romance of a summer’s infatuation. It’s a sweet and witty piece, that makes sly choreographic allusion to Balanchine’s Apollo, stacking its dancers into crisp art deco shapes, while spinning out glamorously fluid, extended lines of movement.’ Judith Mackrell – The Guardian

Hippolyte et Aricie Glyndebourne Festival
Dir. Jonathan Kent
Design: Paul Brown
Subterrean Rambert Dance at Sadler's Wells
'A darkly comic, sophisticated, ruminative piece, suggestive, sensual: subterfuge and the underbelly of life, confinement and space, rumblings from the deep and celestial airs.' Vera Liber - Theatre Review
'In Ashley Page's Subterrain, the roiling darkness of Aphex Twin's music generates a thick, fraught atmosphere, in which 10 dancers are launched through a choreography of questioningly sensual interplay. Page's dance vocabulary keeps ferocious pace with the burnished staccato inventions of Mark-Anthony Turnage, whose music follows.'' Judith Mackrell - The Guardian

2012

The Nutcracker Scottish Ballet
Design: Antony McDonald
'It is three years since the last outing of this Nutcracker, and it has lost none of its charm, humour or vitality...., if the piece has a superb grasp of the darker side of Hoffmann's tale, it is equally accomplished in its staging of the many lighter moments. The delighful ensemble dancesof the snowflakes and the flowers are here in all their classical beauty.' Telegraph, Mark Brown

Guide to Strange Places

San Francisco Ballet @ Sadlers Wells

'Ashley Page may not have been happy, earlier this year, when he exited his post as director of Scottish Ballet, but if being freelance allows him to create more works such as his new ballet for San Francisco, then hurrah. Guide to Strange Places, set to John Adams score...is (a) darker, () difficult composition: a cageful of wild beasts, tormented percussion and roaring orchestral colours. But it is still fabulously danceable and Page fully explores all its possibilities. The ballet begins as an emotional journey for four couples, each twisting, swivelling duet registering the pent-up drama of the individual relationships. By the final movement, this has built to an electrifying collective quest as the principle dancers merge with the ensemble, flocking and dispersing in urgent patterns.' Guardian, Judith Mackrell
New Years Day Concert

Österreichisches Rundfunk
Costume Design: Johan Engels

Century Rolls Polish National Opera

'The score cites Gershwin, Fats Waller and Conlon Nancarrow with as much relish as Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Satie, and Mr. Page responds to its jazzy rhythmic complexities with deft musicality.'

'Mr. Page's most interesting material is for his soloists - the couples and Ms. Fiedler flash on and off the stage, jumping, turning, whirling, sliding over and under each other's bodies - while the ensemble forms mostly contrapuntal, slightly dutiful contrast. The effect is often exhilarating, particularly in the sections for Yuka Ebihara and Sergey Popov, and Mr. Page weaves his patterns with skill and considerable choeographic invention'. New York Times, Roslyn Lucas

Guide to Strange Places - World Premiere

San Francisco Ballet

'..there was a lot to enjoy in the power couple pairings Page assembled. Gennadi Nedvigin and Maria Kochetkova darted and skittered furtively through the space like insects, Sarah Van Patten held Anthony Spaulding in thrall in a creepily hungry duet, while Vanessa Zahorian and Jaime Castilla Garcia reached for lines stretched so far that their backs began to recurve in the effort.' SF Gate

2011

Alice
World Premiere

Scottish Ballet
Design: Antony McDonald
Video Design: Annemarie Woods
Music by Robert Moran

Sleeping Beauty (revival) Scottish Ballet

2010

Fearful Symmetries (revival)

Scottish Ballet

Cinderella (revival) Scottish Ballet

2009

Hidden Variables (revival)

Scottish Ballet

Nutcracker (revival) Scottish Ballet

2008

Pennies from Heaven

Scottish Ballet
Design: Antony McDonald

2007
Sleeping Beauty Scottish Ballet
2005
Cinderella Scottish Ballet
The Pump Room Scottish Ballet
Walking in the Heat Scottish Ballet
2004
32 Cryptograms Scottish Ballet
Nightswimming into Day Scottish Ballet
2003
Nutcracker Scottish Ballet
Hidden Variables Scottish Ballet
2002
Lollapalooza Western Australia Ballet
2001
This House will Burn Royal Ballet, Covent Garden
2000
Acrid Avid National Youth Dance Company
Access All Areas (with Rehda) Dutch National Ballet
1999
Hidden Variables
by Colin Matthews
Opening dance programme of the newly renovated Royal Opera House
Royal Ballet, Covent Garden
Soft Underbelly Royal Ballet, Covent Garden
1998
Cheating, Lying, Stealing Royal Ballet, Covent Garden
When we stop talking Royal Ballet, Covent Garden
Sawdust and Tinsel Royal Ballet, Covent Garden
1997
Room of Cooks Royal Ballet, Covent Garden
Pull Dance Film with Bruce McLean
1996
Now Langorous, Now Wild Royal Ballet, Covent Garden
Sleeping with Audrey Royal Ballet, Covent Garden
Two part Invention Royal Ballet, Covent Garden
1995
2 or 3 Dialogues Royal Ballet, Covent Garden
Mythology Plastique Conservatoire de Paris
1994
Fearful Symmetries Royal Ballet, Covent Garden
1995 Olivier Award for Dance
Renard Royal Ballet, Covent Garden
Cherubin Royal Ballet, Covent Garden
1993
A Long Time Coming Tukuaz Modern Dance Company
Escape at Sea Second Stride
Obsessive Moment Charity Gala
1992
Touch Your Coolness to My Fevered Brow Dutch National Ballet
Heavenly Interior Istanbul State Ballet
Bisocosis Populi Images of Dance
Pre 1990
Bloodlines Royal Ballet, Covent Garden
Currulao Rambert
Piano Royal Ballet, Covent Garden
Savage Water Dance on 4
Soldat Rambert
Filmed for BBC TV 1990
Pursuit Royal Ballet, Covent Garden
The Angel of Death is my bed Tonight Dance Umbrella
Carmen Arcadiae Rambert Dance
'Accident' Ballroom Dance Umbrella
Refurbished Behaviour Dance Umbrella
Inevitable Geography All 3 with Gaby Agis
This is What you Want Dance Umbrella and Laban Centre
It was, What, Where? Dance Umbrella and Laban Centre
Broken set of Rules Royal Ballet, Covent Garden
Wanting, Running, Running Royal Ballet School
Between Public Places Dance Umbrella
Furnished Behaviour Chisenhale Dance
Seven Sketches Royal Ballet, Covent Garden
Winner of the First Frederick Ashton Choreographic Award
   
   

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