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The Wayward Daughter


A ballet-pantomime in two acts and three scenes by Jean Dauberval

Premiere at the Ballet du Capitole on 28 March 2013


Music from the original anonymous score dating from 1789

Arrangements  Charles Farncombe 

Choreography  Ivo Cramér, adapted from Jean Dauberval 

Artistic advisor  Jean-Paul Gravier 

Sets and costumes  Dominique Delouche 

Costumes assistant  Damien Hermellin

Lighting  Jean-Claude Asquié 

Choreography restaged by Jean-Paul Gravier and James Amar




The Ballet du Capitole invites us to go back to the roots of classical dance which, in the 18th century, was known as “Belle Danse” (Baroque dance). Along with the pantomime, it can still be found in one of the rare ballets to have reached us from this time in full, La Fille mal gardée, staged for the first time just a few days before the revolutionary unrest of 1789. Jean Dauberval’s ballet-pantomime, scrupulously reproduced as it was on its first night by Ivo Cramér, belongs to the “ballet d’action” movement, the theory of which was established by Noverre, and reproduces its original style, comedy and freshness.


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