Ballet classic keeps talent on toes
ONE of the world’s classic ballets will be bought to life as a host of young dancers take to the Mt Nelson Theatre stage this week.
House of Dance director Michelle Williams said the company’s production of Coppelia would feature 175 dancers aged between 5 and 18 years.
“The story of Coppelia is one of world ballet’s classics, full of magic and wit,” Ms Williams said.
“The story revolves around Swanilda, danced by Selina Yang, and Franz, danced by Campbell Braithwaite and their neighbour Dr Coppelius.
“The doctor is an eccentric toy maker who dreams of bringing his mechanical toys to life. Dr Coppelius has a daughter who is not what she seems and Swanilda must rescue Franz from the magician’s sinister doll-filled lair.”
Coppelia will be performed at the Mt Nelson Theatre on Friday and again on Saturday. The ballet will be a collaboration between the House of Dance and the Tasmanian Youth Classical Ballet Company, including Emily Masters, who won a place at the Australian Ballet School for 2018.