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La Fille mal gardée

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New York Post article (July 15, 1977).

In the summer of 1977 The National Ballet of Canada performed for the first time in New York City without the support of Guest Artist Rudolf Nureyev. The tour proved to be a wild success and garnered international recognition for the company.

During a performance of La Fille mal gardée at the Metropolitan Opera House on July 13, 1977 featuring Vanessa Harwood as Lise and American Ballet Theatre Guest Artist Fernando Bujones as Colas, there was a sudden blackout at the beginning of Act II. The remainder of the ballet was unfortunately cancelled and the audience had to be unceremoniously herded out of the theatre.

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