The delightful tale of a mad inventor and the life-like doll he creates, The New York Times calls Coppélia “story ballet done to perfection.”
Considered one of the greatest comic ballets of the 19th Century, Coppélia premiered in Saratoga in 1974 and was partially commissioned by SPAC. Choreographed by George Balanchine and Alexandra Danilova it has remained one of the best-loved classical works in the ballet repertory. Called one of the “happiest ballets in existence,” it tells the story of an eccentric inventor and the lifelike doll he creates. The work is visually stunning, with storybook sets and a cast dancing children. The music of Coppélia links two great historical periods of ballet — the French Romantic style and the Russian Classical style.
Choreography by: George Balanchine and Alexandra Danilova, after Petipa (1884)
Music by: Léo Delibes