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. (more…)

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A long standing fixture of the Oxford dance scene, the Yuka Kodama Ballet Group celebrates 10 years of putting on ballet performances this weekend in the theatre of Wychwood School.  This year’s featured works are La Fille Mal Gardée and Shared Dreams with new music by Hiroaki Tokunaga.  The group brings together people of all ages who enjoy dancing classical ballet, studying technique and performing.  Follwing dance study and performing in Japan and now based in Oxford, Yuka Kodama offers a range of classes mainly for adults including pointe work, pas de deux and classes for men, with a strong bias towards the Russian classical tradition. (more…)

Last minute warning – another live transmission from the Royal Opera House coming up this week at Oxford’s Phoenix Picturehouse, this time of the wholly delightful La Fille mal gardée.

Frederick Ashton’s final full-length ballet is one of his most joyous creations, imbued with his love for the Suffolk countryside. It is based on an 1828 French ballet and the music was adapted by John Lanchbery from Ferdinand Hérold’s original score. La Fille mal gardée was a resounding success on its premiere in 1960 and it has remained a firm part of The Royal Ballet’s repertory since. The title translates as The Wayward Daughter.

Ashton’s choreography calls for a high level of virtuosity from its principals – the youthful passion of Lise and her lover, Colas, is expressed in a series of energetic pas de deux. The ballet is laced with good humour and a whirl of dancing chickens, grouchy guardians and halfwit suitors take to the stage. Ashton affectionately incorporated elements of national folk dance into his choreography, from a Lancashire clog dance to a maypole dance, making La Fille mal gardée (despite its title) The Royal Ballet’s most emphatically English work. Osbert Lancaster’s colourful designs reinforce the robust wit of the production.

Taking the lead at this performance are Roberta Marquez as Lise and Stephen McRae as Colas – not to be missed!

Performance:  Wednesday 16th May 2012, 7.15pm

Booking information: Book online by selecting a time or call the Box Office:
0871 902 5736 (10p a minute from a landline)

http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Phoenix_Picturehouse/film/Roh_Live_La_Fille_Mal_Gard_E/show/d90p03/