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La Fille mal gardée

Princess the pony

Princess the pony with Charles Kirby, Karen Kain and Jacques Gorrissen in La Fille mal gardée (1976). Photo by Barry Gray.

La Fille mal gardée is unusual in its use of a live pony appearing near the end of Act I. The pony used by The National Ballet of Canada during the premiere season was named Princess and became a beloved pet to the cast and crew. Only three other productions in the National Ballet’s repertoire incorporate live animals - August Bournonville’s Napoli, George Balanchine’s Don Quixote and Ashton’s own Two Pigeons

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Top image credit: The National Ballet of Canada tutus on display. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.