Music by Ferdinand Herold / John Lanchbery
Past times, when one had to /wanted to/ was able to, guard young girls: Blissful or disastrous times…
Frederick Ashton reminisces on these times in his up-beat masterpiece of 1960. He tells the story of the young lovers Lise and Colas, the widow Simone, the farmer Thomas and his extremely clumsy son Alain in a brilliantly simple manner, with virtuosity and a focus on youthful naivety. There is much to take in for the eyes: A hay wagon, ponies, a rooster and his ladies, and folks dancing around the maypole who are surprised by a thunderstorm. Instantaneously, these charmingly innocent images accompanied by harmonious music can turn into intricate choreography which reminds us of the genius that was Frederick Ashton.
Only a few of the 20th century classics assume such high technical standards for its protagonists, in fact very few works can afford to be as simplistic in beauty, spiced with a hint of irony and topped off with a good portion of pure joy. “Very British!?” – let yourself be challenged by the attractive appeal of the English ballet that unites seemingly contradictory assets in its great works.
|Thursday, 10 January 2013|
|7.30 p.m. - app. 9.45 p.m. |
|Open ticket sales|
Choreographie Frederick AshtonMusik
Ferdinand Herold Bühne und Kostüme
Osbert LancasterMusikalische Leitung Wolfgang HeinzLise Ivy AmistaColas Luká SlavickýWitwe Simone Vittorio AlbertonAlain Ilia Sarkisov
Solists und Ensemble of the Bavarian State Ballet