Ballet in two acts and three scenes
Choreography Frederick Ashton · Composer Ferdinand Herold arranged by John Lanchbery
Wednesday, 11. July 2012
07:30 pm – 09:45 pm
Duration est. 2 hours 15 minutes · 1.+ 2. Bild (est. 07:30 pm - 08:35 pm ) · Interval (est. 08:35 pm - 09:05 pm ) · 3. Bild (est. 09:05 pm - 09:45 pm )
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- Musikalische Leitung
- Myron Romanul
- Frederick Ashton
- Ferdinand Herold
- Musikalische Einrichtung
- John Lanchbery
- Bühne und Kostüme
- Osbert Lancaster
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. Let yourself be challenged by the attractive appeal of the English ballet that unites seemingly contradictory assets in its great works.
Scene 1. The farmyard
Lise is the only daughter of widow Simone, who is the owner of a successful agricultural farm. Lise is in love with the young farmer Colas, but her mother has considerably more ambitious plans for her daughter.
The rooster and his hens announce the morning of a busy working day. Lise is disappointed not to see Colas so she leaves a ribbon tied with a love knot as a symbol of her feelings. Colas finds it and ties it around his staff. The lovers meet but are disturbed by Simone who orders Lise to work. Lise's village friends come and invite her to play, but her thoughts are elsewhere. The rich and pompous wine merchant -Thomas - appears with his son Alain. Simone guesses their intentions and sends Lise away. Thomas asks for Lise’s hand in marriage to his son Alain. When Lise returns Alain behaves awkwardly and clumsily towards her, she is amused and not at all impressed by him. Everyone leaves for the harvest.
Scene 2. The grain field
It is harvest time and Colas and his harvesters are relaxing from their hard work with a merry dance. Lise dances with Alain but Colas butts in and Lise gives him preference. The harvesters make fun of Alain and his father must come to his rescue. Feeling triumphant, Colas dances with Lise. The general happy mood is broken by a sudden thunderstorm.
Scene 3. Inside the country house
Mother and daughter return soaked by the rain. They sit at the spinning wheel. However, tiredness overcomes Simone and she falls asleep. When Lise sees Colas behind the fence she tries to take the house door key from her mother's pocket. Unfortunately, Simone awakes and so as not to fall asleep again she taps the tambourine for Lise to dance. Soon however, tiredness wins.
The returning harvesters wake Simone. Colas hides between the straw bales. Simone provides drinks for the harvesters. Meanwhile, thinking she is alone, Lise daydreams about married life. Suddenly, Colas jumps out of his hiding and surprises Lise. After the embarrassment Colas reassures Lise and they again declare their feelings for each other.
When Simone returns, Lise quickly sends Colas to hide in her bedroom. However, Simone guesses that the couple have met and sends Lise to her bedroom and locks the door, unaware that Colas is there too.
Alain and his father arrive with the village notary in order to draw up the marriage contract. After all signatures, Simone gives the future son-in-law the bedroom key. After a short clumsy indecision, Alain unlocks the door and to everyone's dismay finds the amourous couple. They beg Simone for forgiveness and her blessing. Defying the rage of Thomas and Alain, Simone finally gives her consent to the young couple, much to the delight of all the villagers.
Myron Romanul was born in Baltimore, studied in Boston and had his Debut as piano Soloist with the Boston Symphony Orcherstra at age of 11.
Performed as a Soloist and member of Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops Orchestra with Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Mazur, Arthur Fiedler, John Williams and others. Won Grammy Award with New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble in 1973 for Best Classical Chamber Music.
Assistant Music Director, Boston Lyric Opera
Principal Conductor Boston Ballet
Conductor & Solo Pianist, Stuttgart Ballet, 1985-1990
2. Kapellmeister & Assistant GMD, Badische Staatstheater Karlsruhe, 1990-1994
1. Kapellmeister & Stellvertreter GMD, Staatstheater Mainz, 1994-1997
1. Kapellmeister, Aalto Theater Essen
Music Director, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, since 1985
Principal Guest Conductor, Central Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, since 1985
Guest Conductor, Ankara State Theater, since 1999
Also plays Cimbalom (Hungarian dulcimer), performed with Pierre Boulez & Speculum Musicae, and recorded film score to Gorky Park
Guest Conductor at the Opéra national du Rhin and in Metz, both in France and at the His Majesty's Theater in Perth, Australia.
Myron Romanul has been conducting performances at both the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Bayerisches Staatsballett since 1987. At the Bayerisches Staatsballett Romanul conducted, amongst others, The Taming of the Shrew, Onegin, Don Quijote, Balanchines Brahms-Schönberg Quartett, Jacopo Godanis After Dark, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Raymonda, Alice´s adventures in Wonderland, Portrait Wayne McGregor and La Bayadère. He also took over the musical direction of numerous premieres such as Die Silberne Rose, Bombana/Simon/Godani and Le Corsaire, Helden, Der gelbe Klang and Le Sacre du printemps.
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(Information as of January 2020)