A Comedy with Love
Choreographer: Bengt Jörgen
Music: Léo Delibes
Costume Design: Gary Dahms
Set & Lighting Design: Glenn Davidson
Number of Dancers: 12-18, plus opportunities for local youth dancers
Running Time: 2 hours with one intermission
Coppélia is one of the world’s oldest surviving ballets and is the best known and most performed comedic ballet. It is a daring, bold and funny story that takes us into the mysterious mind of Dr. Coppélius, a lonely and disillusioned toy maker who wishes he could bring his dolls to life to find his perfect bride.
Dr. Coppélius creates Coppélia, a stunning, life-sized dancing doll. The story’s beauty and hilarity develop quickly as Nathanael — one of he local villagers — falls madly in love with the doll. His sweetheart Klara enacts revenge, and confusion and love are explored through her pretending to be Coppélia to punish Nathanael.
This comedy with love is told through the vibrant choreography of the award-winning Bengt Jörgen. Emotional and captivating, it is one of the best balletic representations of fantastical storytelling the world over.
Photo by: Luba Citrin
Dancer: Danielle Rosengren