Abbey community centre members were in for a rare treat in May when CTCer Selene shared her membership to the Royal Opera House for a showing of La Fille Mal Gardee. So five lucky CTCers headed to bustling Covent Garden for a delightful evening together.
The ballet proved so popular that when, later in the month, our CTCers heard that the Royal Opera House were streaming the same show live into local cinemas around the country, 20 CTCers decided to organise another trip to see to watch it at our very own Swiss Cottage Odeon.
The ballet was a frothy, frolicsome and truly joyous production which left everyone in high spirits by the end of the performance. It tells the simple tale of Lise, a peasant girl, who has fallen for her sweetheart Colas. Her widowed mother, however, has other ideas and playful conflict is captured by the choreography and music as Lise resists her mother’s attempts to marry her off to a more wealthy suitor. The staging was delightful with a great set for the farm, populated by colourfully dressed peasants who created a wonderful tapestry doing the maypole dance. There were also wonderfully costumed hens whose movements uncannily mimicked the real thing while the secret trysts between the lovers were touching and warm. All-in-all it was a wonderful experience and a great way to see the ballet.
And later in the month Selene will be leading another trip for 9 lucky CTCers to watch another live ballet performance at the Royal Opera House called Afternoon of a Fawn. Let us know if you’re interested!