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The Biggest Ballets ... The Best Productions

La Fille Mal Gardee 2012!

Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville La Fille Mal Gardee

June 1 & 2, 2012

Join us Friday, June 1 at 7:30 and Saturday, June 2 at 2:00 and 7:30 for one of the most delightful ballets of all time, La Fille Mal Gardee -- the Wayward Daughter. Featuring Sarah London as Lise, Addul Manzano as Colas, Blair Chamberlain as Abagail, and the talented dancers from our Pre-Professional division, La Fille embodies the freshness of young love, ample good humor, and the delightful warmth of a new summer day. Add in one of the most wonderful ballet scores of all time and you have the recipe for a family-friendly evening like no other. Call Diana Wortham Theatre at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com to reserve your tickets today. Adults, $20; Children, Students & Seniors, $10. Tickets are also available at the BCA front desk for a limited time. To order tickets just download and fill out the Recital 2012 Ticket & DVD Order Form and bring it by the Front Desk with your payment.

Download the La Fille 2012 program.

DVDs on Sale Now!

DVDs for La Fille 2012 are on sale now at the Front Desk for $15. To order your DVD just download and fill out the Recital 2012 Ticket & DVD Order Form and bring it by the Front Desk with your payment.

Addul Manzano Stars in BCA's "La Fille"!

Addul Manzano Guest Artist Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville

North Carolina Dance Theatre principal dancer Addul Manzano will star as Colas -- opposite BCA's own Sarah London as Lise -- in La Fille Mal Gardee. Addul brings the perfect blend of technical prowess and strong acting ability to this delightful ballet about young love. Shows are Friday, June 1 at 7:30 and Saturday, June 2 at 2:00 and 7:30 at Diana Wortham Theatre. Tickets on sale now!

 

Meet Addul

Hometown: Santiago De Cuba, Cuba

Dancing Since: Age 11

Seasons with North Carolina Dance Theatre: 6

Never misses an episode of: Family Guy

Goal as a professional dancer: Inspire others

Thing he couldn’t live without: Wife, Sybil

Favorite choreographer: George Balanchine

Addul began his training at 11, attending the National Ballet School of Cuba in Havana. He was later selected to join The National Ballet of Cuba under the direction of Alicia Alonso. Since moving to the United States, he has danced with BALLETNY, Columbia City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Terpsicorps and Washington Ballet. He has performed numerous principal roles including George Balanchine�s Agon, Apollo and The Four Temperaments; Jonathan Harker in Dracula; Prince Charming in Cinderella; and Snow King and Sugar Plum Cavalier in Nutcracker. Some of Addul�s favorite performances include George Balanchine�s Rubies, Alonzo King�s SALT and Dwight Rhoden�s Artifice.

Photos of Addul Manzano by Jeff Cravotta, courtesy of North Carolina Dance Theatre

La Fille Mal Gardee or "The Wayward Daughter"

About La Fille

Music by Ferdinand Hérold

Choreography by Sir Fredrich Ashton; Original Choreography by Jean Dauberval

Restaged by Wayne Burritt & Angie Lynn

Ashton Version: First Presented January 28, 1960 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. Dauberval Version: First Presented 1789 in Bordeaux, France.

Act I

The act opens on the courtyard of the English country farmhouse of Lise, a young girl, and her protective mother, the Widow Simone. The chickens -- alive and well -- are noisy in the courtyard. Lise is both happy a bit sad. She is in love with a boy named Colas, the son of a farmer, but the Widow Simone doesn't like the idea at all. In fact, she has already arranged for Lise to marry Alain, a rather child-like young man whose rich farmer father, Thomas, has paid a rather handsome sum for the marriage contract. Lise dances with a ribbon as she dreams of her love for Colas. Colas arrives with his trusty stick and dances. He professes his love for List but Widow Simone will have nothing of it and sends him off. Lise's spirits are lifted from her daily chores -- including butter churning and cleaning -- by delightful dances from her best friend Abagail, the Villagers, and her Friends. As harvest time approaches Widow Simone and Lise enjoy a picnic with Alain and Thomas, a flute dance, a ribbon dance accompanied by the Villagers, a delightful clog dance by Widow Simone and the Cloggbers, and a maypole dance before a thunderstorm ends the festivities. The act closes as Alain is carried away on his beloved umbrella.

Act II

The Harvesters open the act with a visit to Widow Simone's home with wheat. Afterward receiving their payment, they are delighted and dance. Widow Simone leaves the house but locks Lise inside, wary of her intentions with Colas. Lise is sad but her friends sneak into the house and together they dance about their dreams of marriage and children. Just before Widow Simone returns, Colas sneaks into the house and is reunited with his young love. But without delay, Lise hides Colas in Lise's room. Upon Widow Simone's return, she sends Lise to her room to put on her wedding dress, unaware of Colas. Thomas and Alain arrive, ready to sign the marriage contract. Alain is sent to Lise's room to give her a ring and, upon opening the door, discovers Lise and Colas in a loving embrace. Everyone is shocked, the marriage contract is torn up, and for a moment everyone is sad. But Lise and Colas plead with Widow Simone to bless their union. And after realizing that losing the marriage contact isn't as important as her daughter's happiness, Widow Simone blesses the marriage. Lise and Colas dance a lovely duet followed by everyone dancing in celebration. The house then empties. Alain sneaks back into the house and find his trusty umbrella. That makes him happy as ever as the act closes.

Casting

Lise

Sarah London**

Colas

Addul Manzano***

Widow Simone

Christopher Lynn

Alain

David Ferguson

Abagail

Blair Chamberlain**

Thomas

Lindsay Ayliffe

Lise’s Friends

Ciera Barrow*, Alex Best*, Caroline Brown*, Bailey Butters*, Lilian Eselgroth*, Deanna Lowe*, Hunter Anne Hutchinson*, Tess Miller*,Elisabeth Roberts*, Rose Wuertz*

Horse

Emmeline Duft+

Rooster

Julia Fleming

Hens

Sayres Alspaugh+, Emma Cory+, Emma Grace Hutchins+,
Caroline Roberts+, Elianah Vargas+

Advocate

Ciera Barrow*

Flute Soloist

Blair Chamberlain**

Flute Corps

Lilian Eselgroth*, Rose Wuertz*

Clog Dance

Bailey Butters*, Caroline Brown*, Hunter Anne Hutchinson*,Tess Miller*

Village Soloists

Brandon Silverman+, Claire Hutchinson+,

Villagers

Sayres Alspaugh+, Emma Cory+, Kaitlyn Cressman+, Emmeline Duft+, Julia Fleming+, Shannon Grady+, Emma Grace Hutchins+, Caroline Roberts+, Avery Sund+, Olivia Weidie+, Rebecca Wilcox+, Elianah Vargas

Farm Maidens

Gennie Bassett, Kathryn Garrett, Hannah Sexton

Harvesters

Acacia Dayton^, Lily Mae Dickinson^, Amanda Evans^, Morgen Gough^, Erin Ikelheimer^, Ruthee Jester^, Paige Kemper^, Darcey Lynn^, Jessica Lynn^, Gracie Leonor-Spears^, Ira Moul^, Catherine Roberts^, Amelia Saucer^, Isabella Smith^, Kayla Schmitt^, Kathryn Williams^

Harvest Boys

Andrew Blankinship, Marshall Dayton, Clark Eselgroth, Alex Harkness, MezzMyrh O’Neal

Harvest Girls

Sarah Adams, Hannah Beun, Gabriela Jones, Maria Perez, Makaela Rush, Anna Wilke, Keira Van Hanken

*** Principal dancer with North Carolina Dance Theatre
** BCA Professional Company
* BCA Pre-professional Advanced ballet program
+ BCA Pre-professional Intermediate ballet program
^ BCA Pre-professional Beginner ballet program