Frederick Ashton’s popular full-length ballet La Fille mal gardée (The Wayward Daughter) returns to Covent Garden, Ashton inspired by his love for the Suffolk countryside created a work that is based on a 1789 French ballet originally created by Jean Dauberval; John Lanchbery created the music for Ashton’s ballet from Ferdinand Hérold’s 1828 score. La Fille mal gardée was a great success on its premiere in 1960 and has remained a firm favourite in The Royal Ballet’s repertory.
Ashton’s choreography is a celebration of the English countryside with a series of energetic pas de deux, dancing chickens, a Lancashire clog dance and a maypole dance.
The story centres around Lise is the only daughter of Widow Simone. Lise loves Colas, a young farmer – but her mother has far more ambitious plans, and is determined that Lise marry Alain, the son of a wealthy landowner.
The performance lasts about 2 hours 15 minutes, including one interval
If you would like more information or buy a ticket, visit the Royal Opera House website here
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