Vienna Ballet present the story of Dr Coppelius, who creates a life-sized dancing doll that that a young man, Franz, falls in love with.A lively production infused with old world charm, Coppélia appeals to audiences of all ages with its captivating story of an eccentric toymaker and his beloved doll. The colourful costumes, vibrant characters and beautiful music from Delibes all combine to create a magical and comical ballet classic that warms and entertains from start to finish.
Léo Délibes's Coppélia, like all other versions, has a libretto based upon a rethinking of themes from Der Sandmann, a tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann.
The story was also the inspiration for the "doll" act of the Offenbach opera The Tales of Hoffmann. Subtitled The Girl with the Enamel Eyes, the original story invokes contentious rival inventors whose fighting ultimately results in the destruction of the enamel eyes of the doll they created. The ballet was first produced in 1870 at the Paris Opera to this commissioned score by Léo Délibes. With choreography by Arthur Saint-Leon, it was Délibes's most successful full-scale ballet and Saint-Leons's most famous. It was produced the year Sain-Leon died at which time he was Ballet Master at the Paris Opera production. It is interesting to note that there, the role of Franz has many times been danced in travesty tradition by a female dancer.
It is also notable that in the 1870 Coppélia, folk or national dance (Czardas and Mazurka) was introduced for the first time into ballet. A precedent was thereby set for one of ballet's most worthy and continuing traditions.
Founded in 1980 by the vastly experienced Austrian dancer and artistic director, Peter Mallek, Vienna Festival Ballet uses talented international dancers, giving a vitality, energy and freshness to every performance.
'An excellent company of talented young dancers. Their energy and enthusiasm is breathtaking'.
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