Ballet

La Fille mal gardée by Sir Frederick Ashton

Nadia Nerina, David Blair and Stanley Holden – Royal Ballet London

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Cast

Sir Frederick Ashton — Choreographer
John Lanchbery — Arranger
Osbert Lancaster — Set designer
Nadia Nerina — Lise
David Blair — Colas
Stanley Holden — Widow Simone
Alexander Grant — Alain
Leslie Edwards — Thomas
Franklin White — A notary
The Royal Ballet
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
John Lanchbery — Conductor

Program notes

An archive from 1962, recorded by the BBC with the Royal Ballet of London and the star dancer Nadia Nerina.

La Fille mal gardée (literal translation: The Badly Guarded Girl), was presented at its 1789 Bordeaux premiere as Le Ballet de la paille, ou Il n’est qu’un pas du mal au bien (The Ballet of Straw, or There is Only One Step from Bad to Good). Eighteenth-century titles did tend towards verbosity, but in this case one couldn’t guess from the title that this ballet told a simple story about young lovers whose betrothal was thwarted by the girl’s meddlesome mother who had another candidate in mind.

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Directed by:
Margaret Dale
Production date: 1962
Recording date: 7–9 September 1962
Duration: 1 h 28 min
Production: © BBC
Resolution: SD