Bal­let clas­sic keeps tal­ent on toes

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - HE­LEN KEMPTON

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.

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