The Wayward Daughter
The Wayward Daughter or There is Only One Step from Bad to Good
"The Wayward Daughter" (in French "La fille mal gardée") was originally choreographed by the Ballet Master Jean Dauberval to a pastiche of music based on fifty-five popular French airs. The ballet was premiered on 1 July 1789 at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux in Bordeaux, France under the title Le ballet de la paille, ou Il n'est qu'un pas du mal au bien (The Ballet of Straw, or There is Only One Step from Bad to Good).
"La Fille mal gardée" is one of the oldest and most important works in the modern ballet repertory, having been kept alive throughout its long performance history by way of many revivals. The work has undergone many changes of title and has had no fewer than six scores, some of which were adaptations of older music.
Lise is the only daughter of Simone, a widow and owner of a prosperous farm. She loves Colas, a young farmer – but her mother has far more ambitious plans, and has determined Lise should marry Alain, the son of a wealthy landowner.
Born in 1921.
Swedish ballet dancer, choreographer and director.
A student of S. Leeder and a disciple of B. Cullberg, he developed a personal method influenced by the Laban-Jooss technique. In 1946, he founded his first, itinerant company with B. Cullberg and received second prize at the Copenhagen Choreographic Competition in 1947. He was ballet director at the Verde Gaio in Lisbon (1948-1949), he then worked for ten years as director and choreographer on operettas and musicals.
In 1957, for the Royal Swedish Ballet, he produced “The Prodigal Son" (1957, mus. Alfven), a ballet inspired by rural 18th C paintings and considered “national” masterpieces, and still part of the company’s repertoire. With his wife, Tyyne Talvo, he founded a company (1967-1986) that crossed the country with their productions, including in small theatres. He then directed the Royal Swedish Ballet (1975-1980).
He was a prolific and skilled choreographer with a great sense of theatre. He often dealt with themes connected to history or everyday life and stamped with a deep sense of the religious. In the 1980s, he specialised in the reconstruction of old ballets, including "Arlequin, Magicien d’Amour" (1984, based on Marcadet), “La Dansomanie" (1985, based on P. Gardel), "Médée et Jason" (1992, based on Noverre), presented at the Historic Theatre of Drottningholm, and also in France, thanks to R. Nureyev, as ”La Fille Mal Gardée" (1989) was performed in Nantes with the original score.
Source: Dictionnaire de la Danse, Larousse, éd. 1999, en ligne
After Beaux-Arts (Fine Art School) studies and musical classes (piano and classical singing), Dominique Delouche met Federico Fellini and became his assistant ("Nights of Cabiria"). In 1960, he directed his first film « Le Spectre de la Danse ». Until 1985, he produced and directed short films, like « Aurore » et « La dame de Monte Carlo ». In 1968, he staged Danielle Darieux in “Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of a Woman", a Stefan Sweig novel 's adaptation selected for the 1968 Cannes Film Festival, and the musical theatre “Divine” (1975). He filmed other features like « Une étoile pour l’exemple » (1988), « L’homme de désir » (1970). He produced and filmed the opera “La voix humaine” (The Human Voice) for French television (text by Cocteau and music by Poulenc; directed by Georges Prêtre), with the soprano Denise Duval. His last film is "Balanchine in Paris" (2011). He also directed, created decors and costumes for the Opéra de Paris and for the Festival of Aix en Provence: “Werther”, “Le Roi malgré lui” (The Reluctant King) (1978), “Didon et Énée” (Dido and Æneas) (1972).
Source: Dominique Delouche's website
La Fille mal gardée
Ivo Cramèr d’après la version originale de Jean Daubeval (1789)
Ballet de Nantes : Isabelle Herman (Lison), James Amar (Colas), Jean-Paul Gravier (Ragotte), Sylvain Boruel (Bastien), Didier Merle (Thomas), Emilio Diaz (Alain) et Ivo Cramèr (le Tabellion)
D’après la partition anonyme de 1789 arrangée par Charles Farncombe, interprétée par l'Orchestre Philharmonique des Pays de Loire sous la direction de Marc Soustrot
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work
Opéra de Nantes
Production / Coproduction of the video work
Les films du Prieuré