COPPÉLIA – the charming and comical story ballet comes to hastings in a colourful production by English Youth Ballet. International principal dancers lead an exciting cast of 100 local young dancers selected for the production.
Perfect for all the family, the charming story of COPPÉLIA follows the escapades of the dreamy Franz and how he comically falls in love with a beautiful, life-like doll. The doll – COPPÉLIA – is created by the eccentric, yet mysterious inventor, Dr Coppelius. The hilarious plot thickens when Franz’s jealous lover, Swanhilda, takes her friends on an adventure into the spooky house of the mad inventor to confront her rival. Of course, the story ends happily after the truth is uncovered. The whole town joins the most extravagant wedding celebration for the smitten Franz and Swanhilda.
The choreography is adapted from Arthur Saint-Léon’s exquisite original. The adaptation has been created by Director Miss Janet Lewis and her team of international principal artists who coach the young dancers. Much of Leo Delibe’s beautiful orchestral score to the ballet will be instantly recognized. The stage designs for the ballet are by Sebastian Petit and the costume designs are by Keith Bish.
English Youth Ballet is one of the UK’s largest ballet companies and previously won The Stage Award for special achievement in regional theatre. The opportunity to watch the company is a unique experience. Sell-out audiences are treated to beautiful international principal artists sharing the stage with the top up-and-coming young talent from the local area. EYB’s large cast ensures their ballets are performed with the scale and grandeur which was originally intended. The company is made up of 6 professional principals and 100 selected dancers (aged 8 – 18) from the local area. The young dancers are some of the top talents from the local area. There are now ex-EYB young performers in some of the world’s best companies – including the Royal Ballet.