La Fille mal gardée

Ballet in Two Acts


Choreography by Frederick Ashton
Staged by Alexander Grant, Grant Coyle and Christopher Carr
Scenario by Jean Dauberval
Music by Ferdinand Hérold,
freely adapted and arranged from the 1828 version by John Lanchbery
Designs by Osbert Lancaster
Lighting by Brad Fields

Timing:
Act 1- 63:00
Act 2- 36:00


La Fille mal gardée received its World Premiere by The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on January 28, 1960, danced by Nadia Nerina (Lise), David Blair (Colas), Aexander Grant (Alain) and Stanley Holden (Widow Simone).

La Fille mal gardée received its United States premiere by The Royal Ballet at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York on September 14, 1960, danced by the same cast.

La Fille mal gardée received its American Ballet Theatre Company Premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York on May 31, 2002, danced by Ashley Tuttle (Lise) and Ethan Stiefel (Colas). American Ballet Theatre has presented previous productions of La Fille Mal Gardée. The first had choreography by Bronislava Nijinska, music by Peter Ludwig Hertel and scenery and costumes by Serge Soudeikine and was given its Ballet Theatre premiere at the Center Theatre, New York on January 19, 1940, danced by Patricia Bowman (Lisette), Yurek Shabelevski (Colin), Edward Caton (Mother Simone), Alexis Kosloff (Alain) and Charles Ewing (Thomas). This production was revived in 1941 as The Wayward Daughter and in 1942 as Naughty Lisette. Naughty Lisette was revised by Dimitri Romanoff as La Fille Mal Gardée (The Unchaparoned Daughter) on March 31, 1949.

Another production of La Fille Mal Gardée with choreography by Dimitri Romanoff, from the original by Jean Dauberval, music by Peter Ludwig Hertel and scenery and costumes by Rolf Gerard was given its ABT premiere at the City Center Theater, New York on January 13, 1972, danced by Natalia Makarova (Lise), Ivan Nagy (Colin), Enrique Martinez (Mme. Simone), Michael Smuin (Alain) and Vane Vest (Thomas).

The pas de deux from Act I with choreography by Jean Dauberval and Marius Petipa and staged by Diane Joffe, music by Peter Ludwig Hertel and costumes by Santo Loquasto was given its ABT premiere at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, California on February 1, 1981, danced by Marianna Tcherkassky and Danilo Radojevic.



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