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The Ballet That Began in the Bath | reviews, news & interviews

The Ballet That Began in the Bath

The Ballet That Began in the Bath

Chic but arithmetical: Ashton's masterpiece Scenes de Ballet in Scotland

Scottish Ballet's Claire Robertson, Adam Blyde and corps in the extraordinary Scenes de BalletMain two photographs © Andrew Ross

This week Scottish Ballet opens its new season with a ballet of genius that began life in the bath. The bath is a great place for inspiration. The Greek mathematician Archimedes discovered the law of hydrostatics in it. The choreographer Frederick Ashton also had one of his major lightbulb moments while having a soak, idly listening to the radio in 1947 when a new piece of music came on.

The producer Billy Rose wanted only people who could be described as the greatest in the world.

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