In my view there’s no better way to spend a rainy weekend that to immerse yourself in the beauty of ballet. The Royal Ballet production of Frederick Ashton’s La fille mal gardee (The Wayward Daughter) starred my favourite ballerina Marianela Nunez with Carlos Acosta, and it was a frothy comedy full of pretty colours and rustic charm. The story is simple – Lise and Colas are in love, but Lise’s mother has married her off to a rich was dimwitted Alain. Obviously it all ends well for the lovers and in between there are beautiful dances with satin ribbons, clogs and even a Shetland pony makes an appearance at one stage. It’s a pastel macaron of delight.
HOT: La fille mal gardee, Kino Cinemas, 45 Collins St, Melbourne
Posted: 29th August 2009