Morera and Muntagirov flood La Fille mal gardée with spring sunshine at The Royal Ballet

Hérold: La Fille mal gardée ****

The Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, 16th April 2015

Considering its French title, Sir Frederick Ashton’s ballet La Fille mal gardée is quintessentially English. It is an affectionate depiction of his beloved Suffolk, all maypoles, butter churns and sudden downpours. Like much of Ashton’s work, the choreography is rarely showy, rather a pastoral study of lyrical grace, laced with intricate footwork. Ushering in a run of eleven performances by the Royal Ballet, Laura Morera and Vadim Muntagirov brought the bright spring sunshine from outside to flood the auditorium in delightfully sunny performances.

Laura Morera (Lise) and Vadim Muntagirov (Colas) © Tristram Kenton | ROH

Laura Morera (Lise) and Vadim Muntagirov (Colas)
© Tristram Kenton | ROH

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