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The Bolshoi Ballet performs Coppélia

Published:Friday | July 6, 2018 | 5:15 PM
The Bolshoi Ballet performs Coppélia

A sparkling tale of magic and mischief, Coppélia has everything a good ballet story ballet should — a touch of enchantment, a dash of romance and masses of sumptuous costumes.  On screen Sunday at Palace Cineplex, this chilling, yet luminous ballet continues to captivate audiences for over 150 years at the Bolshoi.

Dubbed one of the most endearingly popular ballets of all time, Coppélia tells the story of young love, duplicity and rivalry. In this timeless romantic production, Swanilda and Franz are in love until Dr Coppelius and his mysterious daughter Coppélia appears and upset the celebrations. However, Dr Coppelius’ haughty daughter is not what she purports, and Swanilda must rescue Franz from the magician’s sinister doll-filled lair — with the help of some fancy footwork.

Coppélia premiered in 1870 at the Paris Opera (The National Academy of Music and Dance). It was originally choreographed by Arthur Saint-Leon, a virtuoso dancer, expert on dance folklore, composer and violinist. This interpretation is by the late Russian Choreographer Sergei Vikharev, with the main dancing roles by Bolshoi Principals; Maria Alexsandrova, Natalia Osipova, Anastasia Goryacheva (Swanilda) and Ruslan Skvortsov, Vyacheslav Lopatin and Artem Ovcharenko (Franz). The music is composed by Leo Delibes, and the decor was revived by Boris Kaminsky, with costumes by Tatiana Noginova. Conductor is Igor Dronov.

The Bolshoi’s version of Coppélia maintains the original 19th century choreography of this ebullient comedy involving a feisty heroine, a fickle fiancée, and an eccentric inventor.

Coppélia is the final instalment in the Bolshoi Ballet 2017-18 In Cinema season. The Bolshoi is one of the world’s great powerhouses of classical ballet.