A toymaker, a doll, and an admirer’s paths intertwine in Coppélia, the light-hearted, endearing ballet featured in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division’s Spotlight. Running from May 24-26 at the John Hirsch Mainstage of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Spotlight features nearly 100 student performers and is the culmination of the tireless work these young dancers put in each year.
Coppélia is based on a story by German author E.T.A. Hoffmann and was first presented at the Théatre de l’Opéra in Paris on May 25, 1870 with music by Leó Delibes. This full-length ballet dubbed as “classical ballet’s greatest comedy” was originally choreographed by the legendary Arthur Saint-Léon. The version presented at Spotlight has been staged and choreographed by the RWB School Professional Division Artistic Faculty.
Though it first premiered well over a century ago, it has been argued that this comedy of mistaken identity is the first “feminist” ballet. Coppélia eventually became the most-performed ballet at the Paris Opera Ballet, but never performed in full by the RWB Company!
Tickets for Spotlight are $25-30, plus taxes and fees, and can be purchased online at rwb.org, in person through the RWB Customer Service Office at 380 Graham Avenue or by calling 204.956.2792 or toll free 1.800.667.4792.