THE Royal Ballet’s glorious rural comedy, La Fille mal gardÃ©e, choreographed by Frederick Ashton will be screened live into cinemas on Tuesday 5 May at 7.15pm. Conceived by Ashton as “…A life in the country of eternally late spring, a leafy pastorale of perpetual sunshine and the humming of bees”, the quintessentially British production is one of The Royal Ballet’s most beloved works.
Featuring an abundance of farmyard merriment, chickens, haystacks, and even a Shetland Pony, the pastoral comedy tells the story of Lise, the Widow Simone’s wayward daughter in love with Colas, a young farmer, who contrives to outwit her mother’s plans for a more advantageous marriage.
First performed in 1960 at the Royal Opera House and inspired by Ashton’s love of the Suffolk countryside La Fille mal gardÃ©e showcases a wealth of delightful and challenging choreography. The virtuoso dancing has colourful injections of folk dancing and music hall traditions, noticeably seen in the famous Widow Simone clog dance and the symbolic ribbon pas de deux.
La Fille mal gardÃ©e is the final ballet of the 2014/15 Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season and the perfect production to welcome the arrival of summer with its sunny rural designs and colourful costumes translating to the silver screen across the world. For those who cannot make the live screening, an encore showing will be on Sunday 10 May at 2pm.
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