Coppélia

About the Performance

Choreographer: Bengt Jörgen
Music: Léo Delibes
Costume Design: Gary Dahms
Set & Lighting Design: Glenn Davidson
Run Time: Two 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 a perfect doll to life. CBJ’s contemporary retelling of the story will delight audience of all ages.

Dr. Coppélius creates Coppélia, a stunning, life-sized dancing doll. The story’s beauty and hilarity develop quickly as Nathanael, one of the 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.

Choreographed by Bengt Jörgen and set to the original score by Leo Delibes, CBJ’s production of Coppélia originally premiered in 2001 and is an international co-production between Canada’s Ballet Jörgen and The Hong Kong Ballet.

Coppélia’s choreography will take advantage of the exceptional technical standards of the company’s current dancers. The production reflects our classical identity, and storytelling approach with humour, intimacy and dramatic intensity.

Coppélia is one of the company’s most popular family ballets.

 

Testimonials

The entire Jörgen Company fills the stage with such exquisite life you are swept along for an entertaining ride.
Gary Smith

The Hamilton Spectator

It was innovative, whimsical and amusing, yet dramatic in all the right places.
Susan Doolan

The Barrie Examiner

With wonderfully expressionistic modular sets and whimsical costumes that seem to be inspired by a combination of Cubism and Surrealism, the production succeeds…
Michael Crabb

The World and I