La fille mal gardée / La provençale
Jean-Josph Mouret / Charles-Simon Favart et Egidio Duni
On Charles-Simon Favart’s 300th birthday, Jean-Luc Impe and Les Menus-Plaisir du Roi present La Provençale, a ballet by Mouret, and its parody, La Fille mal gardée, by Favart and Duni.
Parody is consubstantial with drama, especially in the Age of Enlightenment. Staging a successful work and its ribald double as a single piece proves baroque and pedagogical alike when one is willing to understand the spirit of the first opéras comiques. From its premiere at the Opera, Mouret’s La Provençale appealed to the public. La Pompadour herself in her small theater performed the misfortunes of Florinne, whom her old tutor persuades she is ugly in order to better dominate her. Luckily, handsome Léandre abducts the girl with the help of Provençal sailors… Favart’s La Fille mal gardée ou Le Pédant amoureux is proof that the success of a work cannot only be assessed according to the number of its revivals but also to the parodies it generates. Full of verve and cheerfulness, Favart uses caricature with genius and enables Duni to compose the ariettas of the first opéras comiques.
Stage direction, Jean-Luc Impe
Choregraphy, Guillaume Jablonka
Scenery, Maurice Van den Broeck
Costumes, Dominique Louis
Régie, Michel Gelinne
Léandre et Lindor, Stéphan Van Dyck
Nérine, Aurélie Franck
Florine, Stéphanie Gouilly
Bobinette, Vincent Goffin
Crisante et Le Magister, Thierry Vallier
Musical direction, Jean-Luc Impe
Ensemble des Menus-Plaisirs du Roy