Oxford’s Phoenix Picturehouse is offering some holiday dance viewing in a recorded transmission from the Royal Opera House.  “Fille is a treasure,” says Monica Mason, former Director of the Royal Ballet, and anyone who has seen this sunniest of ballets will certainly agree. With its origins in a work first seen in 1789, La Fille mal gardée was staged by several choreographers in the 19th century before Frederick Ashton brought it into the 20th century and created an instant classic which has never left the Royal Ballet’s repertory. The simple story of Lise, her suitor Colas and her larger-than-life mother, the Widow Simone – who tries to marry her off to the simpleton son of a rich neighbour – is full of delicious comedy and wonderful, characterful choreography.  Funny and touching, La Fille mal gardée is the perfect ballet for first-timers of all ages, but it is also one to which ballet-lovers will return again and again with renewed pleasure at every performance.

Monday 5th August 6.30pm

La Fille mal gardée

Ballet in two acts; Running time 2 hrs (including one interval).  Recorded in May 2012

Lise:
  Roberta Marquez

Colas:
  Steven McRae

Widow Simone:  Philip Mosley

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Choreography: Frederick Ashton

Music:  Ferdinand Hérold arranged by John Lanchbery

Conductor:   Barry Wordsworth

To book tickets: http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Phoenix_Picturehouse/film/Roh_La_Fille_Mal_Gard_E/

Or call the Box Office:
0871 902 5736 (10p a minute from a landline)

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