La Fille Mal Gardee - Birmingham Royal Ballet

La Fille Mal Gardee - Birmingham Royal Ballet Tickets

Frederick Ashton's final full-length ballet is one of his most joyous creations, inspired by his love for the Suffolk countryside. It is based on an 1828 French ballet and the music was adapted by John Lanchbery from Ferdinand Hérold's original score. La Fille mal gardée was a resounding success on its premiere in 1960 and has remained a firm favourite in The Royal Ballet's repertory. The title translates as 'The Wayward Daughter'.

La Filledisplays some of Ashton's most virtuoso choreography – the youthful passion of Lise and her lover, Colas, is expressed in a series of energetic pas de deux. The ballet is laced with good humour and a whirl of dancing chickens, grouchy guardians and a halfwit suitor take to the stage. Ashton affectionately incorporated elements of national folk dance into his choreography, from a Lancashire clog dance to a maypole dance, making La Fille mal gardée (despite its title) The Royal Ballet's most emphatically English work. Osbert Lancaster's colourful designs reinforce the bucolic wit of the production.


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La Fille Mal Gardee - Birmingham Royal Ballet running time: 
2 hours 15 minutes
General Policy: Children over five years old are welcome and require their own ticket next to the accompanying adult. Babies and infants will not be admitted into the auditoriums.

Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN, GB-ISL, GB
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