Frederick Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardee (DVD)
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Label: Opus Arte
Cat No: OA1196D
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 30th October 2015
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
A classic of The Royal Ballet, La Fille mal gardée was an immediate hit with the British public. Choreographed by Frederick Ashton in 1960, it is a highly lyrical and technically demanding take on the simple tale of ‘love revailing’ which underpins this charming story. It was created by French ballet master Jean Dauberval and was first danced in 1789.
This 2015 revival is a ‘company triumph’ (Independent), with principals Natalia Osipova and Steven McRae creating terrific onstage chemistry and delivering outstanding solo performances – Osipova as a ‘perky and gamine Lise’ with ‘pin-drop precise’ phrasing (Guardian), and McRae an instantly likeable, playful Colas whose physical articulation is ‘particularly Ashtonian’ in quality (Daily Telegraph).
They are joined by Philip Mosley as Widow Simone, who brings ‘music-hall gusto’ (Independent) to the famous clog dance of Act I.
- Lise: Natalia Osipova
- Colas: Steven McRae
- Widow Simone: Philip Mosley
- Thomas: Christopher Saunders
- Alain: Paul Kay
"[Osipova] defies gravity more completely and more serenely than any other ballerina I have ever seen. Technically, she is often astounding." - The Daily Telegraph
"... no other work of art bestows quite the same rush of sheer happiness. Steven McRae is a likable Colas, Natalia Osipova a perky and gamine Lise." - The Guardian
Running time: 110 minutes
Sound format: Dolby stereo/DTS Surround
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