La Fille mal gardée, a ballet movie from The Royal Ballet

The fourth ballet movie in the season of five ballets from The Royal Ballet company will start its run on 27th June at Cinema Nouveau theatres.

La Fille mal gardée translates to The Wayward Daughter (for those of us unfamiliar with French.  Choreography is by Frederick Ashton.

Natalia Osipova and Steven McRae in La Fille Mal Gardee

Natalia Osipova and Steven McRae in La Fille Mal Gardee

The ballet is a wonderfully funny, upbeat ballet in the classical mould.  The score is by Ferdinand Herold and it is entirely delightful.

Natalia Osipova is fabulous as Lise, the wayward daughter, and her lover, Colas is danced by Steven McRae.  They make a charming pair.  I learned that the British have clog dancing in Lancashire, as well as the traditional maypole dancing one usually associates with the British summer countryside.

There is absolutely nothing to dislike in this movie.  From the very first moment one meets the dancing chickens through to the happy ending, complete with the Widow Simone (danced by Philip Mosely) and a live Shetland pony, one cannot help but marvel at the dazzling technique and brilliant production values.

There are limited screenings only – on 27 June, 01 and 02 July at 19:30 and on 28 June at 14:30 – only at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town. Bookings are now open. The running time of this ballet production is 2hrs and 30mins, with one interval after Act I.

For booking information on the Royal Ballet’s La Fille mal gardée, visit or Follow us on Twitter @nouveaubuzz or on Facebook at Cinema Nouveau. Download the Ster-Kinekor App on any Nokia, Samsung Android, iPhone and Blackberry smart phones for updates, news and to book from your mobile. For queries, call TicketLine on 0861 Movies (668 437).

The final ballet in the current The Royal Ballet season to be screened at Cinema Nouveau is: The Winter’s Tale (08 August).



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