First presented in 1870 by the Paris Opera, Coppelia is considered one of ballet’s great comedies. Both The Nutcracker and Coppelia are based on stories written by E.T.A. Hoffman, and one can see character similarities between The Nutcracker’s Drosselmeyer and Coppelia’s Dr. Coppelius.
Originally choreographed by Arthur Saint-Leon, the version we know today is that of Marius Petipa. He was a choreographer for the Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg, and is Coppelia is composed by Leo Delibes, who is deemed by many to be the first great ballet composer.
Swanilda and Franz are set to marry, when Swanilda realizes Franz is paying more attention to the girl in the window, Coppelia. Coppelia lives in the house of Doctor Coppelius, a somewhat crazy inventor. When Dr. Coppelius leaves his house, he accidently drops his keys. Swanilda and her friends see the keys and decide to sneak into the house, hoping to confront Coppelia. At the same time, Franz has decided to climb a ladder to the balcony to see if he can meet the mysterious Coppelia.
Sneaking into Dr. Coppelia’s house, Swanilda and her friends discover there are many life-size mechanical dolls in Dr. Coppelius’s workshop. Finding Coppelia, the girls realize she too is a doll. Dr. Coppelius returns home and although upset the girls have intruded, he sees Franz in the window and hopes he can persuade Franz to fall in love with Coppelia because he believes this will make Coppelia come to life.
France and Swanilda marry, living happily ever after.
2020 Don Quixote
Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and performed in 1869 in Moscow, Don Quixote has since been presented in many versions all over the world. The most famous of all modern versions would be that of George Balanchine’s 1965 adaptation, first performed by the New York City Ballet.
Containing some of ballet’s most notable female variations, the lead female, Kitri, must perform extremely difficult choreography with high virtuosity. Composed by Ludwig Minkus, the music demands expert interpretation and does not leave room for mistakes.
Attending Ballet’s; Etiquette
- Dance performance etiquette is different than orchestra or piano concerts. During dance performances feel free to clap, hoot, and holler when something moves you. Dancing is hard work and the dancers thrive off of the audience energy!
- Bringing young children; we do ask that if you bring young children they will be able to remain seated and quiet during the performance so that others around you may also enjoy the performance. If they do become disruptive or distracting please excuse yourself and your child to the lobby.
- As with all performances and shows, live video and/or photography is NOT allowed. Use of cell phones and camera’s is extremely distracting to those around you and all dance productions by RMSA/RMDT is copyrighted.
- Please silence your phones and refrain from using them during performances.
- If you have to excuse yourself during the production, please do so when there is a break in the scenes or performance. There will be a 15 minute intermission.