Dance the­atre brings Cop­pelia to life

North Taranaki Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - CHRIS­TINE WALSH

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

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