Ever since it s triumphant premiere in January 1960, Frederick Ashton's La fille mal gardée has been esteemed as one of his happiest creations. This is a charming piece, elegantly performed, a village love affair set in the idyllic Constable landscape of Ashton's imagination. Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta would be show-stoppers in almost any suitable role, but as Lise and Colas they are superb. William Tuckett and Jonathan Howells, in the comic roles of Simone and Alain respectively, are every bit as arresting, both displaying a certain genius for knockabout. The luminously colourful Osbert Lancaster designs, together with the vitality of The Royal Ballet's dancing and vibrant playing from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under the baton of Anthony Twiner, serve to augment the harmless good fun at which Ashton excels.
The Royal Ballet interpret Frederick Ashton's masterful work LA FILLE MAL GARDEE. Since its inception in 1960, Ashton's ballet has gained plaudits from across the globe, and its choreography is based on a similar work by Dauberval which dates back to 1789. A delightful comedy, the ballet can't fail to raise a smile, but is rarely performed, so fans will be delighted to find it preserved here in its entirety.
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