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Ballet in two acts and three scenes

Choreography Frederick Ashton · Composer Ferdinand Herold arranged by John Lanchbery

Thursday, 10. January 2013
07:30 pm – 09:45 pm
Prinzregententheater

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
Wolfgang Heinz
Choreographie
Frederick Ashton
Musikalische Einrichtung
John Lanchbery
Musik
Ferdinand Herold
Bühne und Kostüme
Osbert Lancaster

Lise
Ivy Amista
Colas
Lukáš Slavický
Witwe Simone
Vittorio Alberton
Alain
Ilia Sarkisov
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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.

 

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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.

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Biographies

Wolfgang Heinz ist Dirigent an der Staatsoper Stuttgart, 2006 Stellvertretender Musikdirektor des Stuttgarter Balletts und hat seit 2010 die Musikalische Leitung der alle zwei Jahre stattfindenden Birgit-Keil-Gala.

Er wurde in Wiesbaden geboren und wuchs in München auf. Nach einer Assistenzzeit an der Bayerischen Staatsoper München (Giuseppe Patané) studierte er an der Musikhochschule Köln Dirigieren und Klavier. Daraufhin war Wolfgang Heinz in Essen, Detmold, Plauen und Pforzheim als Kapellmeister im Festengagement, gastweise in Hagen, Magdeburg und Dessau und hat in dieser Zeit ein breites Opernrepertoire erarbeitet.

Nach der Zeit als Musikdirektor der Schlossfestspiele Ettlingen 1999 kam er als Dirigent an das Staatstheater Stuttgart und dirigiert dort seitdem Opern und Ballettvorstellungen. 2002 bis 2006 übernahm er die Musikalische Leitung der Jungen Oper der Staatsoper Stuttgart und begann in der Zeit mehr und mehr, Vorstellungen und Gastspiele für das Stuttgarter Ballett zu übernehmen, darunter die bedeutendsten klassischen Handlungsballette, wie Crankos Romeo und Julia, Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung, Onegin, Schwanensee, Dornröschen, La Sylphide, Giselle, La Fille mal gardée (F. Ashton), Die Kameliendame (J. Neumeier) und Ballettabende mit symphonischem Repertoire von Ludwig van Beethoven (z.B. 7. Symphonie – Uwe Scholz), über Gustav Mahlers Das Lied von der Erde (Kenneth MacMillan) bis Hindemith und Arnold Schönberg (Pierrot Lunaire).

Gastspiele führen ihn seit 2004 unter anderem an die Opernhäuser in Lissabon, Ankara, an die New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, Mexico Stadt und das Teatro Real Madrid.
Seit 2009 ist Wolfgang Heinz ständiger Gastdirigent beim Birmingham Royal Ballet, mit welchem er seither drei Neuproduktionen in Birmingham, London und Belfast erarbeitet hat. 2010 dirigierte er an der Semperoper Dresden Schwanensee (Staatskapelle Dresden), 2011 La Fille mal gardée in Tokyo (New City Orchestra Tokyo) und 2012 Jeu de cartes von Igor Strawinsky in Perth/Australien (West Australian Symphony Orchestra). Er hat das Orchestre Colonne Paris, das Prime Orchestra Seoul und das Symphony Orchestra Osaka geleitet, sowie Sinfoniekonzerte mit der Südwestdeutschen Philharmonie Konstanz, dem Hessischen Staatsorchester Wiesbaden und mit der Württembergischen Philharmonie Reutlingen dirigiert.

Im Januar 2013 übernahm Wolfgang Heinz die Musikalische Leitung für La Fille mal gardée beim Bayerischen Staatsballett und steht im Dezember 2015 für Onegin am Pult im Nationaltheater.

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