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Your reactions to La Fille mal gardée in cinemas 2012

A collection of tweets from the live cinema screening of Frederick Ashton's La Fille mal gardée

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

17 May 2012 at 12.00pm | 11 Comments

Your reaction: La Fille mal gardée live in cinemas

A selection of your tweets during the live cinema relay of Ashton's quintessentially English ballet...

Storified by Royal Opera House · Thu, May 17 2012 06:58:24

Midweek treat to see #ROHfille this eve at @claphamPH. With wine AND popcorn! @RoyalOperaHouseCharlotte Young
Live and lovely from London, in Finland. Enjoying the expressions and beautiful faces of the cast. Never een them so close! #ROHfilleAino-Mari Tuuri
#ROHFille Enjoying every minute in ChileJorge Guarda Aguirre
Watching "la fille mal gardée" #ROHfille , from France ! Just enjoying this great show :DManon Blondel
La Fille mal gardée (Royal Ballet), Frederick Ashton's sunny English balletroyaloperahouse
#ROHfille The ribbon dance was amazing! Makes me want to learn to dance hehee... Watching from Pasadena, California at Laemmle's Playhouse 7nennynuna
@thewellsschool 30 ballet girls watching #ROHfille in Basildon, so inspired they were practising grand jetes in the corridor! Thank you FAB!Sarah Wells
Amazing! People have actually dressed up to watch the ballet in the cinema! #ROHfilleBekki
Been to see #ROHFille, beamed live all round the world. Wonderful evening.Nemesis Republic
Peregrine was a big hit...
Very impressed that #naughtyPeregrine behaved himself! #ROHFille might have to ask for secrets for glossy mane. Beautiful!May Kwok
#ROHfille Fantastic energy and beautiful pony. A magical feast for us in LeedsFandS
Glad to report #naughtyPeregrine knew he was on camera, exemplary behaviour, no over-excitement, curtain-snagging or ?? #ROHfille #ROHcinemaCarol Newton
But there was no doubt about who were the stars of the show...
Beautiful pairing Steven McRae & Roberta Marquez #ROHfille so lucky to have watched @RoyalOperaHouseSophie Oliver
#rohfille We're watching in chelt. Steven mcrae breathtaking and roberta marquez charming. Fun, silly but beautifully dancedcharlotte lewis
Utterly charmed by #ROHfille live relay. McRae and Marquez wonderful. Thought Alain was beautifully played by Ondiviela.Mary Anne Poxton
La Fille mal gardée (LIVE IN CINEMAS 16 MAY)opusarte
Steven McRae's split jumps are incredible!! #ROHfilleLucy
#ROHfille Loved tonight's performance! Roberta is a truly stunning dancer!bexx ☺
#ROHfille absolutely superb performance...felt like I was sitting in the Royal Opera House....the dancers were stunning...Caroline Fox
We clapped! we sang! we danced ! Hope you enjoyed #ROHfille wherever you watched it fromJonathan Watkins
#ROHfille if you visited the cinema or ROH tonight we hope you enjoyed being 'in the sunshine!' Love Farmer Thomas Avis

Although this was the final cinema screening this season, if you're in the UK you can still catch live action from the Royal Opera House at BP Summer Big Screens. Tonight, John Copley's much-loved production of La bohème will be screened live in 22 different locations across the UK.
Find out where your nearest screening is


The 2012/13 Royal Opera House Cinema Season opens on 23 October with a live relay of. Swan Lake

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

17 May 2012 at 12.00pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Frederick Ashton, cinema, La Fille mal gardee, Production, reaction, Social Media, twitter

This article has 11 comments

  1. Saw the cinema broadcast of La Fille mal gardee last night in Ludlow, Fabulous production. Inspired idea to screen around the world.Looking forward to the next.

  2. Mike Stephenson Stephenson responded on 17 May 2012 at 2:57pm Reply

    This was such an amazing performance all round is there any chance it will appear on DVD?

    • Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media)) responded on 17 May 2012 at 4:50pm

      We’re glad you enjoyed it. I’m afraid there isn’t a DVD of this particular performance, but there are DVDs of the ballet with Carlos Acosta and Marianela Nuñez available from Opus Arte. - Lottie

  3. musicman73 responded on 17 May 2012 at 6:20pm Reply

    A brilliant transmission with excellent camera work; but how embarrassing to have people's tweets on-screen.

  4. elaine caiger responded on 17 May 2012 at 7:21pm Reply

    Absolute perfection! wonderful dancing by superb cast. Lovely to see Lesley Collier coaching and remembering her as Lise.

  5. Mike Smith responded on 18 May 2012 at 6:56pm Reply

    Pleeeeease consider a DVD of this performance. It was absolutely magical and Angela and I could never tire of watching it over and over - whilst waiting for the start of winter programme!!!
    The concept of ROH Cinema is absolutely brilliant and has brought a whole new dimension to our growing love of ballet.

  6. It was a magnificent ballet - many thanks ROH for transmitting it -it was sheer pleasure

  7. Christopher Dams responded on 20 May 2012 at 5:20pm Reply

    Really loved the live relay last week - it's my favourite ballet anyway (and good to see Lesley Collier coaching). Especially enjoyable to see the acting as well as the dancing. Noting your response re a DVD, is there a possibilty of making it available as a download - for a fee of course? I do urge that.

  8. Romilly Bowden responded on 21 May 2012 at 7:07pm Reply

    Last Wednesday (16 May), my wife and I saw La Fille Mal Gardée at the Picturedrome cinema in Bognor Regis. We had some grave reservations about the show, which I want to pass on to you:

    1. We thought the whole "rehearsal" section before the main ballet and, worse, during the interval, was unneccesary and distracting. That isn't what we paid for, and, for us, was a complete waste of time. Perhaps ok for a DVD, where you can fast-forward through it, but not for a captive cinema audience. (I appreciate that the interval at the ROH would have been too long for the cinema, but surely an easy solution to that is simply to record and transmit the first part delayed by 20 minutes.)

    2. The effect of being present in the opera house was spoilt by the camera tricks - changing camera angles and closeups (revealing the stage makeup to disadvantage). We thought a single fixed camera, without zoom, would be more appropriate.

    3. The aspect ratio was wrong! Stretching the image lengthways to fill the screen is absolutely not acceptable - everyone looks broadened - and for me, that makes it painful to watch. (Particularly unfortunate for ballet!) I would be very interested to know which standard you were using. I take it that you follow one of the 4 DCI formats: 2K or 4K, 2.39:1 (Scope) or 1.85:1 (Flat). Could it be that you wrongly coded a FLAT format as SCOPE? Or should I assume that the projection equipment at the Picturedrome was wrongly set up? (The picture as projected was more than twice as wide as high, perhaps around 2.1 or 2.2:1. Was this supposed to be a compromise, I wonder?) In either case, it reflects badly on the ROH and you need to fix it.

    I would appreciate a respose, in particular to item 3.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 23 May 2012 at 10:25am

      Many thanks for your thoughts on the relay of La Fille Mal Gardee. The aim of the films preceding the performance coverage is to introduce and provide background information on each production. They also give the cinema audience a rare opportunity to glimpse behind the scenes at the Royal Ballet and to see the effort that goes in to preparing each production. I’m sorry that you found them unnecessary. The performances are up to three hours long so we feel it appropriate to offer our cinema audiences the same intervals afforded to the Royal Opera House audiences.

      The use of multiple cameras allows us to bring more of the action and spectacle to the cinema audience. We can show much greater detail in facial expression, gesture, costume, make up, props and set alongside wider shots of the whole set and cast. We employ some of the best directors in the world to bring each production to the screen and the shots are chosen extremely carefully so as to enhance and not deter from the drama.

      We're sorry to hear that the cinema did not follow how very precise instructions to set up the aspect ratio on the screen properly. We provide three different tests prior to any live event during which the cinemas are coached through the steps of setting this which of course if done incorrectly really spoils the experience particularly with ballet performances. There is absolutely no reason why any cinema would show our live relays in this manner and we will advise the cinema of this immediately.


      Social Media Manager

  9. So much fun to see here in Maine! Loved it...can't wait to see the next one! Also, loved the glimpse behind the scenes...amazing to see all the hard work....thank you!

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