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Review - La Fille Mal Gardee at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

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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 - 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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