After watching a portion of La Fille Mal Gardee, I noticed that this ballet was a similar love story to that of Romeo & Juliet. In comparison, both ballets portray two teenagers who are in love with one another—which their parents don’t approve of. However, they go against their parent’s disapproval and decide to continue seeing one another. In contrast, while Lise and Colas was given their parents approval to be together at the end of the play, Romeo and Juliet‘s parents did not allow them to be together, causing them to take matters into their own hands and commit suicide.
This video excerpt from La Fille Mal Gardee reminded me of the balcony scene included in the Romeo & Juliet ballet. In both ballets, the dancers express their love with their facial expressions and swift movements. It’s also inclusive of music that expresses the happiness that they get from being with one another. However, like the play in general, this scene from La Fille Mal Gardee had a more blissful ending as the two dancers had to part ways, whereas Romeo and Juliet had a sense of gloom and uneasiness as they departed.