La Fille Mal Gardée, which translates as The Wayward Daughter, is one of Frederick Ashton’s most charming ballets. Its combination of light-hearted story, beautiful solos and pas de deux, and lively ensembles have made it a timeless classic and favourite of the Royal Ballet repertory.
Haystacks and chickens, ponies and storms, and a charming tale of young love in a picturesque rural scene; everything in La Fille Mal Gardée sparkles with a winning combination of uplifting and expressive dance, vibrant colour and lyrical music.
The story of La Fille Mal Gardée sees young Lise, the wayward daughter of the title, determined to marry Colas, the son of a farmer, for love. But her guardian aunt Widow Simone would rather she married the child-like Alain for money and status. The battle of wits and wills that follows is full of humour as Lise tries to stay one step ahead of her guardian.
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