Dance theatre brings Coppelia to life
Val Deakin Dance Theatre is bringing a timeless classic back to life.
The theatre is staging the daydreamy comic ballet Coppelia, and it’s set to captivate the young and old alike.
‘‘Coppelia is great fun, a comic and easily understood story and wonderful music by Delibes,’’ the theatre’s Jane Roseman said.
The 19th century inspired production will run September 22, at 9.30 and 11am, then September 23 to 24, at 1pm and 3pm, at the Val Deakin Dance Theatre on St Aubyn St.
Audiences can expect a sensory delight as a spirited dance cast in beautiful costumes tell the story of ‘The girl with enamel eyes’, Coppelia, the life-like doll created by the mysterious toymaker and inventor, Dr. Coppelius.
‘‘Coppelia was one of the first ballets that I ever performed in, with the National Ballet in Washington, D.C. and I have enjoyed being in it ever since,’’ Roseman said.
Incorporated into the ballet production are a rousing Hungarian Czardas, a dance for the Dawn’s Spinning dance, and the Dance of the Hours performed by the theatre’s younger dancers.
Roseman said this latest production is also a reunion of sorts with guest artist Nigel Gallienne returning after he also performed in the theatre’s first production of the full-length Coppelia in 1979. This time round he will take the stage as Dr Coppelius.
Now based in Christchurch, Galliene trained in New Plymouth before going on to dance professionally across the globe.
Also gracing the stage will be Jane Roseman, Inge Vink, Peter Rothwell, Donna Kelly, Michael Takarangi, Davina Moffat and Lynda West, all of whom had previously performed with the theatre and in its first Coppelia, Roseman said.
‘‘For all of the dancers, the idea of dancing with the dance theatre is one of community.
‘‘We all enjoy the wonderful and musical choreography that Val Deakin has created, and enjoy the fact of dancing together,’’ Roseman said.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $10 for children with family and group discounts available. Bookings will be at Mementos on Devon St from the beginning of September. Roseman wants to remind audience goers to the Sunday shows to check the times and be aware of daylight saving.
Inge Vink, Jane Roseman, and Peter Rothwell rehearsing for this year production of Coppelia.SUPPLIED