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English Youth Ballet - Coppelia
21 Jul - 22 Jul 2021
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‘English Youth Ballet is a triumph’ Dance Expression
‘It was a fantastically polished professional show’ Nottingham Evening Post
‘…to say that the evening was impressive would be an understatement’ Eastern Daily Press
The ballet based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story Der Sandmann, Coppélia was premiered in Paris on 25th May 1870 with original choreography by Louis Merante and A Saint-Leon, the latter who also wrote the libretto with C. Nutter. The music was especially composed for the ballet by Leo Delibes. The story focuses around Dr Coppelius, a mechanical doll-maker and his fascination for his favourite doll Coppélia and the romance between Swanilda and Franz.
Franz blows kisses to the doll thinking she is alive. The jealous Swanilda and her friends, finding a key that Dr. Coppelius has dropped enter his house and are surrounded by the fascinating mechanical puppets. Swanilda changes places with the Coppélia and tricks Dr. Coppelius into thinking his beautiful doll has come to life. Franz breaks into the workshop in search of Coppélia and is eventually reunited with Swanilda. The villagers celebrate the marriage of the couple and hold a festival for the renewal of the old church bell. Dr Copplius is financially compensated for his broken dolls.
English Youth Ballet has adapted this three act ballet to accommodate the large cast by adding four extra pieces of music taken from the ballet Sylvia composed also by Delibes. The Coppélia Doll Dance, the Night Hours in Act 3 and the Soldier Dolls from Act 2 have new dances that are unique to EYB’s production.
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