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The Russians Bring Ballet to the World 55 dancing after seeing Pavlova perform in Peru. Although de Valois’s company’s name changed from the Vic-Wells Ballet to the Sadler’s Wells Ballet and finally to the Royal Ballet, Ashton remained its primary choreographer for 35 years, helping define a lyrical style of dancing known for its suppleness and interesting curves and angles in the upper body. The second act opens on a harsher landscape marked with sacred stones and framed by ox skulls hanging from poles.
In the end, of course, Simone gives her approval, and Lise and Colas are allowed to marry; this propels the whole happy village into a finale in which the lovers are celebrated. La Fille is the ballet version of an entertaining sitcom or a “chick flick”—light, romantic, and entertaining. 36 BALLET which would overthrow France’s royal house and ultimately establish a democracy in its place; ballet also began to illustrate this shift. Instead of taking the ancient gods or the splendor of the aristocracy for its subject matter, ballet began to focus more on common themes, ordinary characters, and natural settings.
34 BALLET of dance—the technical versus the lyrical—that are still somewhat in competition today. Camargo scandalized the public by shortening her skirts’ hemlines to above the ankle in order to show off her intricate footwork. Sallé did her bit to move things forward by abandoning the huge hoop skirts and wigs of the day for a muslin tunic, sandals, and her own loosened hair. Around this time, England, which had been putting on its own court ballets since the early 1600s, joined France and Italy in the ballet craze when Sallé went to London in 1733 to perform Pygmalion, La Fille Mal Gardée (The Ill-Watched Daughter) Original choreography by Jean Dauberval, 1789; restaged by Frederick Ashton, 1960 Music by Ferdinand Hérold The first ballet d’action to portray the lives and concerns of ordinary people as opposed to gods and goddesses, La Fille is the oldest ballet currently performed in the world.