Music: Louis Joseph Ferdinand Hérold
Freely adapted and arranged: John Lanchbery
Script: Jean Dauberval
Musical arrangements: John Lanchbery
Sets and Costumes: Osbert Lancaster
Light design: Jean-Pierre Gasquet, Michal Klimeš
Musical preparation: Václav Zahradník
Conductor: Václav Zahradník, Sergej Poluektov
Ballet master: Michaela Černá, Nelly Danko, Tereza Podařilová, Alexey Afanasiev
Will the wild young Lise fight for her love despite her desperately overprotective mother? Will she marry her beloved Colas? Or will she listen to her mother’s words and accept Alain who is wealthy but a little bit “out of his head”?
La Fille mal gardée (The Wayward Daughter) is one of the oldest ballets (it was created in 1789), it is still widely staged and hugely popular. Why is that? Because it celebrates the joy of life and – above all – love. It is colorful and full of humor, dancers make audiences smile.
This masterpiece of Frederick Ashton is inspired by the older French ballet of Jean Dauberval. We are invited to a picturesque countryside similar to Suffolk, a place dear to Ashton’s heart. The sets resemble cartoons, we enjoy folk festivities, dancing hens and a live pony and are drawn into a merry summer atmosphere. Despite its joyful character the work is technically highly demanding, there are difficult pas de deux and solos, expressing the passionate nature of the young lovers. A fascinating comedy, pure pleasure, intoxication by dance! Very suitable for children!
Czech premiere: 19 April 19 2018
Approximate running time, including intermission:
2 hours 15 minutes, one 20-minute intermission
Photo of the visual image: The Queens (Alexandre Katsapov a Mario Bakuš)
Photo: Martin Divíšek, Serghei Gherciu, Pavel Hejný
We extend our thanks to Mr. Jean-Pierre Gasquet, the holder of the rights to Sir Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée, for his generosity.
Thanks to Kačina castle for providing of location for visual image photo shooting.