It’s harvest time in the French country side in the 1950s.
Pretty Lise and young farmer Colas are in love and determined to be together. But their bliss is interrupted as the sweethearts discover that Lise’s mother, the meddling Widow Simone, is conspiring against them.
Simone wants better for her wayward daughter and has agreed that she should marry Alain, son of a pompous and wealthy vineyard owner. Shy, awkward and clumsy, Alain is hardly Lise’s idea of an ideal husband.
Encouraged by her friends, Lise becomes mischievous and contrives to avoid all of her mother’s attempts to unite her with Alain. The villagers’ joyous harvest celebration is abruptly stopped by a fierce thunderstorm, which has some surprising and amusing consequences. Eventually Simone sees that the love-struck couple are inseparable and gives them her blessing, much to the delight of all.
La Fille Mal Gardée is a delightful, whimsical and uplifting ballet for the whole family.
A ballet in two acts. Duration approximately two hours including one twenty-minute interval. Choreography: Marc Ribaud Music: Ferdinand Hérold/John Lanchbery (recorded music is used for the performance) Sets: Richard Roberts Costumes: Lexi De Silva Lighting: Jon Buswell.
A co-production with West Australian Ballet.