Undoubtedly the best mixed programmeÂ of this ROH season, the Royal Ballet’s latest Ashton bill includesÂ some of our favorite ballets by the choreographer: The Dream, Symphonic Variations, plus Marguerite & Armand with some luxury casts and featuring notable guests likeÂ Alessandra Ferri (dancing with Federico Bonelli), Roberto Bolle (with Zenaida Yanowsky) and Vladimir Shklyarov (with Natalia Osipova).
Although we would argue thatÂ Zenaida‘s best Ashton roles areÂ Natalia Petrovna in A Month in the Country (we get teary-eyed just thinking about it) and the lead in Sylvia (Wonder Woman mode activated!), Marguerite and Armand,Â where Zen canÂ raise the dramatic stakes and look glorious alongside longtime trusted partner Roberto Bolle, was certainly a fitting way to say goodbye toÂ the Covent Garden stage this week.
Zen, you were always a joy to watch and we miss you already! Luckily Alice Pennefather was at the general rehearsalÂ to capture these beautiful images:All photos: Â© Alice Pennefather, courtesy of ROH