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La fille mal gardee

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Which one of the commercially available videos would you recommend for this ballet? Also, whose version is the best, as far as your opinion goes?

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I have the Australian Ballet. It seems serviceable, but if you can get the Royal Ballet, I'd imagine that would be best.

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The Royal Ballet version stars Lesley Collier, who was very lovely as Lise, Michael Coleman as Colas, and Garry Grant as an engaging Alain. Brian Shaw played the Widow Simone, who dances one of the highlights of the ballet, a clog dance. I find Coleman to be a bit cloying, but he's not really the point of the ballet anyway.

It's too bad the Australian Ballet recording isn't as good as the terrific production they brought to Seattle in 1994. I saw Luncida Dunn dance Lise and Robert Marshall dance a decidedly non-cloying Colas, but I don't know who was in the other casts.

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The Royal Ballet Version is the Best. But with lots of reservations I liked Alisa

Alonsons Version for the Cuban Ballet very much as well.Some magnificent danncing.

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