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Ballet: La Fille Mal Gardée

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Run time: 2hrs 30min, 1 intermission

La Fille mal gardée is about the love story between simple peasants, combining elements of folk dance with the formal language of ballet. Lise and Colas are in love. But Lise’s mother, the Widow Simone, has more ambitious plans and is determined that Lise should marry Alain, the son of a rich wine grower. Alain is as uninterested in Lise as Lise is in Alain. The Widow Simone persists on making the match until eventually love conquers all, and she gives Lise and Colas her blessing.

La Fille mal gardée is one of the oldest and most important ballets, with its first version by Jean Dauberval staged in 1789, and with many revivals to follow. The version of Frederick Ashton from 1960 enjoys a lasting popularity due to the virtuoso choreography and the irresistible charm of the characters.