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La Fille mal Gardee

I recently photographed the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of ‘La Fille mal Gardee’ (the Wayward Girl) at the Birmingham Hippodrome. Frederick Ashton’s full length performance is based on a 2 act comic ballet by Jean Dauberval, first shown in 1789 at a theatre in Bordeaux.

The performance was full of energy and humour. It tells the story of the love between Lise, daughter of  Widow Simone a rich farmer and Colas, a young farmer who the widow initially feels unsuitable for her daughter. Lise and Colas were beautifully danced by Mokomo Hirata and Michael O’Hare. The production also features the well known clog dance.

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