Coppelia

Coppélia: 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 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

Emotional and captivating, it is one of the best balletic representations of fantastical storytelling the world over. Coppélia is one of the company’s most popular family ballets.

Photo Gallery

Hiroto Saito as Dr. Coppelius - Photo by Linda Schettle Photography
Dr. Coppélius Hiroto Saito as Dr. Coppélius. Photo by Linda Schettle Photography.
Coppelia - Annelie Liliemark as Klara & Daniel Da Silva as Nathaniel - Photo by Linda Schettle Photography
Klara & Nathaniel Annelie Liliemark as Klara & Daniel Da Silva as Nathaniel. Photo by Linda Schettle Photography.
Coppelia - Ayva Rossouw-Holland Leandro Prado and Elizabeth Gagnon - Photo by Josh Mamaril
Scene from Coppélia Ayva Rossouw-Holland, Leandro Prado & Elizabeth Gagnon. Photo by Josh Mamaril
Coppelia - Hannah Mae Cruddas & Daniel Da Silva - Photo by Ted Buck
Scene from Coppélia Hannah Mae Cruddas & Daniel Da Silva. Photo by Ted Buck.

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