The Wayward Daughter
Ballet in four pictures by Gonzalo Galguera
Music by Peter Ludwig Hertal and others
The libretto of this season’s ballet d’action was created at the end of the 18th century, making it one of the earliest examples of the genre – deprived of Greek gods or mythological beings. In 1828, Ferdinand Hérold revised the original music for Jean-Pierre Aumer's new Paris production. This rendition became the starting point for numerous further adaptations created over the last 150 years for choreographers ranging from Paul Taglioni to Frederic Ashton. For Taglioni's Berlin version, Peter Ludwig Hertel composed entirely new music in 1864, which has shaped the Russian and Latin American performance tradition and also forms the basis of Gonzalo Galguera's new choreography.
Recounted is the old story of a young love that can be stopped by nothing and nobody – set in a rural country environment (the original title was „The Ballet of Straw, or There is Only One Step from Bad to Good«). Lise loves the farmhand Colas, but Lise's mother, the farmer Simone, has a better plan in mind: Alain, the clumsy son of the wealthy mill owner Thomas. However, Alain is not a viable alternative for the smart Lise, who manages to outwit her mother's judegment and get together with Colas.