This joyous country tale sees farm girl Lise and her mother clash in a foot-stomping, cabbage-throwing battle of wills.
As one of the most colourful and entertaining ballets in Ashton’s canon, La Fille Mal Gardée (The Wayward Daughter) blends beautiful classical ballet with engaging storytelling and affectionate humour, not least in the character of Widow Simone, famously performed en travesti by a male character dancer.
Devoid of princes, princesses, fairies and magical transformations, Ashton’s light and fluffy 1960 ballet is a charming danced narrative about jolly peasants living in rural bliss.
Although theoretically set in eighteenth century France, La Fille Mal Gardée’s spirit and wit are entirely English. Charming features include: convincing country characters performing lively traditional folk dances; a clog-dancing dame; dancers dressed as cavorting chickens; whirling, ribbon-weaving maypole dancers; and an adorable (real!) Shetland pony.
Birmingham Royal Ballet's La Fille Mal Gardée will be danced to live music played by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia and promises to be great fun for audience members of all ages.
|What||BRB, La Fille Mal Gardée, Sadler's Wells|
|Where||Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Angel (underground)|
01 Nov 18 – 03 Nov 18, 19:30 Sat mat 14:30 Dur.: 2 hours and 20 mins inc two intervals
|Website||Click here to book via Sadler's Wells website|