Review - La Fille Mal Gardee at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Ballet lovers flocked to the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre last night for the first offering of three by The Russian State Ballet of Siberia, beginning with the delightful La Fille Mal Gardee.

La Fille Mal Gardee

La Fille Mal Gardee - The Russian State Ballet of Siberia

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Review by Alison Norton

Ballet lovers flocked to the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre last night for the first offering of three by The Russian State Ballet of Siberia, beginning with the delightful La Fille Mal Gardee.

Described as a comic ballet in two acts, the subtle humour simply spilled over from the very start, with each and every scene a pleasure to watch.

This version has a new, fresh feel to it, without straying too far from tradition; unusual, colourful costumes and simple but very effective scenery. Visually it's a winner.

Natalia Bobrova in the title role of Lise, displayed outstanding technique and poise, while her love interest, Vyacheslav Kapustin provided perfect partnering skills, resulting in outstanding coupling throughout the piece. One can only hope the audience appreciated the level of difficulty executed by the pair.

The only downside to the evening was that although the audience eagerly awaited the traditional clog dance so synonymous with La Fille Mal Gardee, they were to be disappointed.

With the exceptional Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty to follow this week though, it's a small price to pay.

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Comments for: "Review - La Fille Mal Gardee at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre"

Christine Davies

I was unable to see the ballet last night but my daughter and grandchildren were SO looking forward to it that to hear of their great disappointment this morning was truly very sad.

The clog dance is a pivotal piece of this ballet not to mention other amusing scenes that seemed to be missing too. Hopefully the Company will take these comments on board and consider reintroducing these pieces as originally written - PLEASE.

Wulfrunian

WHERE WAS THE CLOG DANCE ?

Great performance last night - we are going to see Swan Lake tonight - but what happened to the Clog Dance - the seminal dance of 'La Fille' ?

Hopefully tonights performance will contain the Dance of Little Swans, or I will be demanding a refund !

Well done to The Grand for staging the Ballet - we are fortunate to have such an Oasis in the desert !

Peter Fellows

Hey..The "Clog Dance" only ever appears in the Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet's (Frederick Ashton's Choreography) production of "La Fille"... Elsewhere it's the original Russian interpretation of the same wonderful Ballet with a different score and choreographer....Take your pic!!!